Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Heritage Valley Beaver Nurses Approve Strike Rns Reject Proposal, Set 1-Day Walkout

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Heritage Valley Beaver Nurses Approve Strike Rns Reject Proposal, Set 1-Day Walkout

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Registered nurses at Heritage Valley Beaver hospital have voted in favor of a one-day strike on July 19 after rejecting the hospital management's latest contract proposal.

"Our hospital is profitable and growing, and nurses shouldn't be left behind in that growth," said Mimi Tambellini, a registered nurse in the behavioral health unit.

According to SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, the union representing the 500 nurses, hospital officials have proposed raising health care premiums "by 50 percent or more, or excluding spouses from coverage." They also seek higher deductibles in addition to $300 monthly premiums, according to the union, which is planning a rally to support the nurses at 4 p.m. today at the Beaver County Courthouse. …

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