Labor disputes continue at 2 NJ hospitals

June 9, 2009 10:12:56 AM PDT
Replacement workers are staffing another New Jersey hospital for the second time in less than a week after contract talks reaches an impasse. Bayonne Medical Center spokeswoman Allyson Miller says the 278-bed facility barred 750 members of Local 5185 of the Union of Health Professionals and Allied Employees on Tuesday.

The hospital brought in temporary workers after the union failed to meet a Sunday deadline for withdrawing a strike notice.

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center pursued a similar strategy when contract talks broke down on June 3. Temporary workers remain on the job and 650 unionized employees find themselves locked out.

Recent hospital closings in the state have idled nurses in a health care industry where they've long been in demand.


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