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Final hospital strike vote set for June 26

June 17, 1997

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - More than 800 non-management employees at Chambersburg Hospital will vote June 26 on whether to go on strike if negotiations don't yield a new contract by then, officials said.

Hospital employees voted overwhelmingly last week to send a strike notice to management.

The current three-year contract expires June 30, according to Eileen Connelly, secretary-treasurer of District 1199P/Service Employees International Union, which represents workers at the hospital.

The negotiations do not involve employees at Waynesboro Hospital. Summit Health owns both hospitals.

At issue in the talks are job security, protection of union work at the hospital, daily reduction of staff and pension improvements, according to a union news release.

"Chambersburg Hospital is a financially stable institution making millions of dollars in surplus revenues each year, but yet cannot provide an improvement in the pension plan," Connelly said in her release.

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Hospital officials declined to discuss the union vote.

Hospital employees also don't like a new health insurance plan proposed by management because it limits the availability of physicians for workers from out of state, the release said.

Workers said they are also worried about plans Summit Health has to transfer work between both hospitals.

Both sides will resume talks today, Connelly said. If necessary they will also be scheduled for June 24 and June 25.

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