The registered nurses voted this week to authorize a strike if negotiations fail.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Nurses at West Penn Hospital may be hitting the picket line soon.

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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.

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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.

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No date has been set for a potential work stoppage.