Message to Patients, Community: Why Are Nurses Conducting Informational Picketing at Crozer? - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on May 12, 2015

Why Are Nurses Conducting Informational Picketing at Crozer?

A Message to Our Patients and the Community

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
Grant Gegwich
(610) 447-6316
Grant.Gegwich@crozer.org

Informational picketing is being conducted at Crozer-Chester Medical Center today by the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP), the union representing nurses at Crozer. We would like to assure our community that access for patients and visitors will not be impeded by today’s activities. The Medical Center is in full operation. There is no strike.

We have been negotiating in good faith to reach a fair contract with the Union for more than one year. Unfortunately, rather than deal with core economic issues, PASNAP has seen fit to engage in surface bargaining, delay tactics, and endless, futile discussions over the course of more than two dozen bargaining sessions.

Negotiations continue. Progress has been slow, because the Union has refused to meet more than two or three times per month and has canceled several bargaining dates. We had hoped that the Union would be willing to work with us to address significant financial challenges caused by declining inpatient volumes and reimbursements, as well as nurse pay rates that at an average of more than $106,000 per year for full-time work are the highest in Pennsylvania.

Unfortunately, rather than focus on bargaining a sustainable and competitive contract, the Union has chosen to picket, negotiate in the press, and file charges against the Medical Center with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Picketers may complain about nurse staffing at Crozer. The fact is that our direct care staffing levels rank above average for hospitals nationwide.

The Union has a right to conduct informational picketing, a right we support. However, we do not believe that demonstrations, false allegations, and charges are productive ways to make progress.

We call on PASNAP to return to the bargaining table and work with us on a contract that meets the needs of the nurses, the Medical Center, and community. We deeply appreciate the patience of our patients, staff, and community, and invite you to contact any member of the Administration if you have questions or concerns.

For more information about the negotiations, visit www.crozerbargainingfacts.com

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