CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Chambersburg Hospital and the union negotiating committee representing about 1,300 of its employees reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract Wednesday night, with the membership set to vote on the proposed contract today.
The tentative agreement, if approved by the membership, will head off a threatened strike by members of the Service Employees International Union, who had voted earlier this month to authorize a five-day strike that would have begin July 17. Ten days' notice is required under Pennsylvania law before health-care workers can strike.
The union's contract with the hospital expired on July 1.
"The hospital is delighted that a new tentative agreement has been reached. However, we are unable to disclose any details of the tentative agreement until after the membership votes to approve and sanction the contract today," said hospital spokeswoman Sheran White. "The negotiating committee did unanimously agree to recommend to the membership that they ratify the proposed new contract."