Nurses at 233-bed Easton (Pa.) Hospital walked off the job today, but hospital officials said they brought in a team of nurses to assist those who remain and are prepared to provide care as long as necessary. Hospital officials said they believe the union called the strike without proper written notification and have filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board. Nurses were offered a 12% pay increase, but the impasse is over benefits, said Deborah Borse, Easton's assistant CEO. The contract negotiations with the nurses are the first since Community Health Systems, Brentwood, Tenn., purchased Easton in 2001. -- by Cinda Becker
Nurses strike at Pa. hospital
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