By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Nurses at West Penn Hospital may be hitting the picket line soon.READ MORE: Current And Former KDKA Talent Honored At 2021 Mid-Atlantic EMMY Awards
The registered nurses voted this week to authorize a strike if negotiations fail.
More than 650 nurses at West Penn are unionized under SEIU Healthcare as of last Aug., and they have been negotiating their first contract since January.READ MORE: 'I Hope He Gets Home Safely:' Pittsburghers Spot Escaped Steller's Sea Eagle Kodiak Around The City
The union says they want to see an investment in recruiting and retaining nurses and a sustained effort to rebuild frontline care after more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
They’re scheduled for another negotiation session on Thursday.MORE NEWS: 'We Feel There Is Enough Evidence:' Family Of Codi Joyce Calling For Grand Jury In Their Son's Death
No date has been set for a potential work stoppage.