More than 90 percent of the 1,375 nurses at Hahnemann University Hospital and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children voted this week to approve new two-year labor contracts.
Both Philadelphia hospitals are owned by Tenet Healthcare Corp.
The nurses are represented by the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP), which they joined earlier this year.
"The most important thing about winning our first contract is the strong day-to day-voice we will now have with the hospital administration," said Susan Bowes, a registered nurse at Hahnemann and a member of the union's negotiating committee. "We have established a channel of communication to ensure that we can properly advocate for our patients and for our co-workers."
The contracts are the first negotiated by PASNAP for the more than 3,300 nurses from five area hospitals who joined the union this year. Nurses at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill, and Pottstown Memorial Medical Center in Montgomery County also joined PASNAP this year as the union saw its membership swell by nearly 70 percent. Contract negotiations are ongoing at the other hospitals.
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