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A union spokeswoman said that she hoped “today is the day” nurses at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital reach a new contract.


The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals have a bargaining session today and have been working under the terms of an old contract that ended more than a year ago. The union representing 460 registered nurses has been negotiating with representatives of Commonwealth Health, the network that includes the hospital, since last year.


Emily Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the union, said the nurses are trying to avoid a strike, after giving notice it would do so.


“Nothing is definite,” Rodriguez said.


Renita Fennick, a spokeswoman for Commonwealth Health, said negotiations are ongoing.


The union filed unfair labor complaints against Wilkes-Barre Hospital Co. LLC in April, claiming it made numerous requests to the company for information in order to be able to bargain for a new contract. The NLRB set a hearing date for July 14 in Philadelphia.


The old contract expired on April 30, 2013 and took two years negotiate with the new owner, for-profit, Community Health Systems Inc. of Franklin, Tennessee that purchased the hospital and other assets of the Wyoming Valley Health Care System in 2009.


The nurses held a 24-hour strike in December 2013. The hospital locked out the nurses for two days afterward, bringing in out-of-state nurses as replacements.


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