According to a report from CBSN, nearly 800 nurses from St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, walked off the job Tuesday morning. The group said they want better wages and that a staffing shortage has compromised patient care.
The nurses say their strike was going to end Thursday, but St. Mary officials locked them out for three additional days.
Mercy Health responded to a request for comment, saying, in part, that they did not commence a lockout, and that around 20 percent of the St. Mary nurses in the bargaining unit chose to arrive at work rather than strike.
The hospital continued to state that the contract with the replacement nurses’ agency guaranteed them five days of work; reinstating the St. Mary nurses could not happen in just one night.
St. Mary Medical Center says it remains committed to negotiating and to come to an agreement on a fair contract.