Nurses strike at Heritage Valley Beaver Hospital

Heritage Valley Beaver Hospital nurses are going on strike over a contract dispute, reports WPXI.

The 500 nurses at the hospital made a decision to strike after negotiations earlier this month failed to garner a new contract.

As is common in many company vs employee disputes, the contract dispute is mostly over healthcare coverage. The Service Employees International Union Healthcare Pennsylvania union says the hospital wants to raise health care premiums for nurses by 50 percent and exclude spouses from coverage. This is something the Federal Affordable Care Act has been able to successfully stop in past cases.

Michael Baker, a spokesman for Heritage Valley Health System, feels their (the hospital) offer is fair and wishes the nurses would reconsider the strike.

Despite the strike, the hospital will remain open and operate as normal.

The last nurses contract expired on June 30. A union organized rally is planned for Tuesday afternoon.

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