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Nurses at Hahnemann and St. Chris ratify labor contracts

Registered nurses at Hahnemann University Hospital and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children approved their first union contracts in voting that concluded Wednesday evening, their union, the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP), said.

More than 90 percent of 1,375 nurses at the facilities owned by Tenet Healthcare voted in favor of the agreements, the union said.

Among the highlights of the contracts are the establishment of experience-based wage scales, with the top rate reaching $51.72 per hour at Hahnemann and $51.50 at St. Chris; 15 percent evening- and night-shift differentials; and a union-management committee that will examine incidents of improper reassignments of registered nurses.

Between January and April, PASNAP organized workers at at four hospitals, involving nearly 2,800 nurses and health-care professionals. Contract negotiations continue for 950 registered nurses at Einstein Medical Center  and for 450 registered nurses and technical staff at Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Upper Darby, PASNAP said.