Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County- Wilkes-Barre General Hospital nurses from the Wyoming Valley Nurses Association are picketing over bargaining sessions with the hospital's administration.
According to the union, one of the issues preventing a new contract is disagreements over employee's healthcare.
A general hospital spokesperson says the day to day operations at the hospital will continue as normal.
We're told a contingency operation plan will be put in place during the strike.
The Hospital has released the following Statement
WILKES-BARRE GENERAL HOSPITAL FULLY OPERATIONAL DURING STRIKE BY THE PENNSYLVANIA ASSOCIATION OF STAFF NURSES AND ALLIED PROFESSIONALS
Nurses Cross Picket Line to Continue Patient Care
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (July 4, 2014) – Hundreds of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital employees are on the job today, including 79 registered nurses scheduled to work who have crossed the picket line.
In addition, 112 non-union nurses employed by the hospital are working today.
The hospital is continuing to treat patients during a strike by the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP). All inpatient, outpatient and emergency services are available and all surgeries and diagnostic procedures are taking place as scheduled.
The hospital has fully prepared for the strike and all areas are staffed with highly skilled nurses and other health professionals. Teams of experienced, temporary replacement nurses are working with employees who are not represented by PASNAP and those PASNAP-nurses who have chosen to cross the picket line.
All public entrances and parking areas are open. The hospital has increased security personnel and patrols throughout the facility to assist patients and visitors.
The hospital’s medical staff members are treating their patients in the hospital and in their offices without interruption.
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