DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) – The contract has expired for 700 nurses at Crozer-Keystone Medical Center, and there are no new talks scheduled between the Delaware County hospital and the union.

For now, it’s business as usual for patients and those who treat them — the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals has not given their 10-day strike notice.

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Union chief negotiator Bill Cruice says he hopes it doesn’t come to that, “We think that Crozer is being quite unreasonable with respect to staffing and health care, but we’re willing to try to work with them and continue to work with them to reach an agreement.”

They couldn’t come to terms on a contract extension — the union wanted a late-September date.

Crozer-Keystone spokeswoman Kathy Scullin says that’s too far off, “We’ve made an excellent offer and we hope the union will work with us to reach a settlement by the end of this month.”

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The nurses will work under the terms of their expired contract.

Both sides say they hope a federal mediator will quicken the pulse of the talks.

Reported by Ian Bush, KYW Newsradio 1060

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