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Temple Hospital contracts are a sign of health care workers’ new strength in the wake of COVID
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Temple Hospital contracts are a sign of health care workers’ new strength in the wake of COVID

Temple University’s unionized health care workers secured a new contract this month that made its nurses the highest paid in Pennsylvania, while lowering their patient loads and enhancing security to make them feel safer while working at the Philadelphia hospital.The state’s other organized health care workers are now looking to replicate their playbook.“Temple has been amazing for us,” said Carla Lecoin, a neonatal nurse and labor leader for 900 nurses preparing for contract negotiations in 2023 at Einstein Healthcare Network, which was acquired by Thomas Jefferson University in 2021. “They have been our big sisters, our mentors as we’ve been unionized.”Temple’s new three-year contract, approved the night before the Nov. 8 midterm elections, showcases how the health care labor movement...