Signs of progress in Temple nursing strike

    The two sides are currently at the bargaining table where the union says some progress has been made.

    It’s been almost a month since Temple University nurses and professional staff walked off the job. The two sides are currently at the bargaining table where the union says some progress has been made.

    Negotiators for the nurses’ union and Temple University worked late into the night over the weekend but failed to produce a deal. But President of the Temple University Nurses’ Association Maureen May says she’s optimistic.

    “It’s moving very slowly, but we’re making progress. So the nurses and professionals at the table are very upbeat.”

    About 1,500 nurses and other professional staff members went on strike March 31 over wages, health benefits and work rules.

    The workers are not receiving any strike pay but the union says they had plenty of forewarning in order to save up.

    Temple Hospital has replaced the striking workers with 850 temporary employees. A spokesperson for the hospital says they are willing to meet every day until an agreement is reached.

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