PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA)- Heritage Valley Health System in Beaver may face a strike if contract agreements are not made within two weeks.
Nurses at the institution voted to strike because they are unhappy with the average pay.
CEO of Heritage Valley Norm Mitry told KDKA’s Rob Pratte, “We took an analysis of the nurse’s pay scale and found our nurses are getting paid 8 to 14 percent above the median salary in our market.”
Mitry said he is prepared if a strike should occur and states, “If there is a strike, it will be a respectful strike. We will remain open and will continue to provide quality care to our patients through contracted nurses and help from our other facilities.”
The health care industry has endured several issues lately. Mitry added that health care has become more expensive, making patients forgo seeking care, which results in less jobs.
Listen to Norm Mitry’s interview below: