Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Striking Temple Nurses Come To City Hall

The striking nurses from Temple University Hospital have come down to City Council today.

Striking Temple Nurses Come To City Hall

The striking nurses from Temple University Hospital have come down to City Council today.

After marching around City Hall, roughly a hundred nurses entered Council chambers and the viewing gallery, bearing signs that read “Temple: Respect Your Professional Nursing Staff” and “Nurses on Strike for Respect.”

As our colleague David Gambacorta reported this week, about 1,500 nurses and other medical professionals who are represented by Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals went on strike last Wednesday. The union members' contract expired in September.

Temple has hired more than 800 temporary workers to staff the hospital during the strike.

The sides have vehemently disagreed over pay raises, health-care contributions and a tuition benefit for children of union employees, which Temple wants to end.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to
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