The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 14, 2014

Altoona nurses rally, talks to resume next week


Associated Press

ALTOONA — Contract talks between the nurses’ union and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s hospital in Altoona are expected to resume next week.

UPMC Altoona officials say they also expect the nurses to return to work on Monday.

The nurses held a one-day strike on Tuesday after rejecting UPMC’s last contract offer. But UPMC’s contract with out-of-state replacement nurses called for them to remain on the job for four days, so UPMC has kept the union nurses from returning in the meantime.

The nurses rallied outside UPMC’s Pittsburgh headquarters on Thursday, claiming UPMC’s tactics amount to an unfair labor tactic.

UPMC officials didn’t comment on the rally, but say the contract offer is “generous” and contains better retirement benefits than nurses would have received before the hospital affiliated with UPMC last year.