Good news: Temple strike over!

Temple University Hospital technician Selena Hodge applauds with the crowd after a contract agreement was reached. (David Swanson / Staff Photographer)


Anyone who has spent time in a hospital knows that nurses are on the front lines and can make or break the quality of patient care.
That’s why it was welcome news that 1,500 nurses and allied health professionals at Temple University Hospital had reached a deal Tuesday to end their 28-day strike.
This was not an ordinary labor dispute. The stakes were particularly high, given the public-health concerns. Replacement nurses brought in temporarily by Temple may have been qualified, but there were complaints that the quality of care was not the same.
Special thanks goes out to U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D., Phila.), who once again helped broker a labor settlement in the city. Peacemaker is clearly Brady’s strong suit.
He’s helped to resolve a number of disputes over the years, including the recent SEPTA strike. He was also instrumental in keeping the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia. Helping end the nurses strike was typical Brady.