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Hundreds Of Nurses Threatening To Walk Off The Job Hold Rally Outside Crozer-Chester Medical Center

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Some 700 nurses at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Delaware County threaten to walk off the job if their demands aren’t met. Their contract expires on Wednesday.

Dozens of nurses and their supporters are chanting to put the hospital on notice: they’re ready to strike if Crozer-Chester refuses to put more of them on duty.

Bill Cruice is chief negotiator for the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) union. “We want to make sure patients are safe at all times, and having enough nurse staffing to provide the care that nurses want to give.”

He says Crozer-Chester can afford to narrow that nurse-to-patient ratio, but all they’re offering so far in contract talks is a committee to talk about doing it.

“We commit more dollars to safe staffing and nurse staffing than any other hospital of a comparable size in the region,” says Kathy Scullin, a spokeswoman for the hospital.

She says she’s hopeful the two sides can work things out at a final bargaining session set for Tuesday.

Reported By Ian Bush, KYW Newsradio

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  • Lynette

    If it weren’t for unions the work environment you work in today would be unsafe, you would be working in a sweat shop type of environment. Do some research before you speak ill of unions and what they have accomplished for blue collar workers in this country. It is because of “big business” that your family’s healthcare is compromised with short staffing. Think about that next time you have a loved one in a hospital who can care less if you, the patient has inadequate care.

  • Hater

    I always thought the one who paid you made the rules. Don’t like it, leave. There are plenty of people who would be more than happy to replace you.


      I agree with you Hater, if they don’t like it LEAVE!! I hear Burger King is hiring……..

  • Anna G.

    The nurses should know what they are experiencing on the job. They are the ones taking care of the patients day in and day out.

    Give them credit for standing up for what they believe in!!!

    • Susan

      Standing up for what they believe and the patients they care for!

  • mary trzeciak

    Thank you, Sheila, for your support in our cause. Patiients are more to us than numbers, we care for people. A union of nurses has a stronger voice with which to speak for the people we care for and about the conditions we work under. A union benefits the people not the corporate bottom line of executive pockets!

  • Sheila Duff

    Speaking as a nurse of over 25 years and having worked in both union and non-union facilities, it’s not the union that is the issue. It is managemnet and just how little “the product” ie. the patient matters. We all know it is a business but when human lives/welfare are at stake, the executives know that as a whole, nurses will stay till the bitter end. For them to threaten a strike, it has to be horrific working conditions or they feel their patients’ safety has met an unacceptable level.

  • Mike

    Let them walk off. Then the hospital should hire all non-union nurses. Unions are a poison to our economy.

    • mary trzeciak

      ignorance deserves no reply!

    • Sherry Weersing

      Adminstrators, CEO’s and bankers are the one’s who are raping our cournty blind

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