PHILADELPHIA, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Nicholas, President of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, and its local affiliate District 1199C, said today that his Union is fighting for quality care for the patients in health care facilities where 1199 members work and for health benefits for the workers who care for those patients. The two issues go hand in hand, Nicholas said. More than 50 contracts between District 1199C and area health care institutions will expire on June 30, 2005, and the Union's fight for both patient care and benefits is central to contract talks. Among the expiring contracts are those with Tenet Health System/Hahnemann University Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Nicholas announced several events scheduled to take place in advance of the contract expirations: On June 1, informational literature will be handed out at all health care institutions where 1199 members work, including those where contracts do not expire on June 30. On June 6 at 3:00 p.m., Union members will demonstrate at Hahnemann and Jefferson Hospitals, St. Joseph's Hospital and Girard Medical Center, Inglis House and the Golden Slipper Uptown Home. Later on June 6, at 5:30 p.m., a rally will be held for Union members at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. A strike authorization vote will be taken to authorize the Union to strike those institutions where contract settlements cannot be reached by the June 30 expiration date.
SOURCE District 1199C