November 28, 2022

Temple University Hospital employees picket over working conditions, low wages

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Two union groups affiliated with Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) are in negotiations with hospital leadership for new three-year contracts. Their current bargaining agreements expire Sept. 30.

“Who’s affected the most by this? Our community, our patients,” said Carlos Aviles, a pharmacy technician and president of Temple Allied Professionals. “It’s a sin the way we’re forced to do our jobs and be stretched thin and endanger patient safety, and not only patient safety, our own safety.”

Pharmacy tech and PASNAP representative Carlos Aviles said that he wants everyone who comes through the doors of Temple University Hospital to receive the best care possible. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Bargaining units from Temple Allied Professionals and Temple University Hospital Nurses Association (TUHNA), which together represent about 2,250 employees, began meeting weekly with hospital leadership in early August.

So far, progress in negotiations have stalled, said Mary Adamson, an ICU nurse and president of TUHNA.

“What’s happening and what Temple is doing and what their plan is for this negotiation is to wear us down,” she said. “We all know that there’s an elite group of administrators and managers who have no idea what’s happening at the bedside … they have no idea what’s happening in the ER, or the OR, or the discharge lounges. They just don’t know.”

Temple University Hospital nurses president Mary Adamson (left with mic) and pharmacy tech and union representative Carlos Aviles (right), led a rally outside the hospital for a fair contract on Sept.r 23, 2022. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Temple University Health System officials didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

‘We’re struggling to save lives’: Temple University Hospital employees stage picket over working conditions, low wages

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