Wilkes-Barre General Hospital nurses who participated in a one day strike Thursday walk the picket line again Friday after they were apparently locked out until Tuesday. Hospital officials repeatedly refused to confirm or deny that there was a lockout.
The nurses union, meanwhile, said the hospital’s actions were “brazenly illegal” because they “selectively locked out only those nurses who missed shifts due to their participation in the one-day strike, a clear violation of the National Labor Relations Act.”
The hospital replied:
“All hospital services are continuing at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and we are providing a full complement of care for patients, whether they have a medical emergency, require surgery or critical care, or are here to give birth.
“The Pennsylvania Department of Health has been on site to review personnel files for all of the temporary replacement nurses and to do a full rounding on all units. Their summary report was positive and found no concerns.”