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UPDATE: September 24

Update on the merger!

Our Integration Task Force Committee met with management of Regional Hospital of Scranton and Moses Taylor Hospital on Thursday, Sept. 22, to have continued discussions on the first round of integrated services for the Med Surg/Tele Unit, ICU, SPU, and the newly-announced Laboratory integration.

The first wave of Med-Surg/Tele transitioned over to Regional on Sept. 13th and are all working together on the 9th floor. This was to assist in an easy transition for our members. The unit was not occupied at that time. The second wave of the department will move over once the Department of Health (DOH) approves the license. 

Management has decided not to move SPU over to Regional due to some surgical services continuing at MTH. Though the hospital is not utilizing the ICU unit at MTH at this time, the employees will not move to Regional until the license is approved.

The DOH tries to approve a transfer of license within 60 days, but there can always be delays in doing so. At this time, the hospital informed us that the DOH has not approved the consolidation of the license and they are continuing to provide the DOH with information needed to get the license approved. Once we are notified of the approval or denial, we will inform members at both hospitals immediately.

The newly-announced integration is the Moses Taylor Laboratory department. The hospital shared with the committee the vision of the Lab, post License approval. Details include:  

  • Stat Lab only.
  • Histology will move to RHS.
  • Micro and outpatient blood draws will be moved back to RHS.
  • Two techs for each shift will continue to work at Moses Taylor and 1 phlebotomist on day shift.
  • Phlebotomist will not the work on specimens.

The hospital is looking to have integrated scheduling for MTH and Regional Laboratory. They believe there will be a need to share staff between hospitals in the Laboratory department to care for patients and the community.

This has not been agreed upon and is a mandatory subject to bargain over. The hospital agrees and is not planning on doing an integrated schedule until the Union and employer meet to negotiate over it. 

These are initial and preliminary discussions on the Laboratory and the hospital and the Union Task Force will continue to meet to discuss any new developments, concerns, and recommendations on the transition of the Lab.

At the conclusion of the merger discussion, the Union Task Force provided a proposal on recognition of Moses Taylor Bargaining Unit/Non-Bargaining Unit employees in Regional Hospital of Scranton’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. We are saying — One Hospital, One Union, One Contract

In addition, the Union Task Force provided a system seniority and sign-on bonus proposal for those who have a contract with Moses Taylor Hospital and are unable to meet the obligations due to the integration.

The hospital and the Union will set up separate meetings to negotiate over these items in the near future. We will keep you updated on dates for those meetings.

Both the hospital and the Union recognize this is a scary and stressful time for all, but know that we are all working very hard to minimize the impact and will continue to update you as things unfold.

The Union Task Force will be setting a meeting with both hospitals in the near future to update you on consolidation or merger of the license. 

Know Your Rights — Integration Highlights

  • The Hospital has to give the Union at least up to 60 days notice on an integration of services;
  • The employees can move with their department or choose to take a layoff; and
  •  Severance pay: 
    • One (1) week of pay for each year of service with the hospital; 
    • Medical insurance in the amount of one (1) month of benefits for each year of service to a maximum of 12 months; and
    • Payment of all vacation, personal leave, and sick leave benefits earned in the year of displacement but unused as the date of displacement.

Save Your Union Contract!

The upcoming election for Governor is critical — it will impact our jobs and the care we’re able to provide moving forward. That’s why we have endorsed Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who will continue to fight with us for better jobs and care, and for healthier communities across PA. 

We feel it’s very important to talk to other members about the election. We are holding a big SEIU day on October 1st, at 12 pm in Scranton by the courthouse. We will be starting with a rally then going out together talking to others about the election.

If you can join us, please contact Mary DelPlato at 570-290-0942 or


UPDATE: June 17

We have a new contract with historic wage increases!

On Thursday, we voted unanimously to ratify a new three-year contract with the highest wage increases EVER! 

We all stood strong through a very difficult bargaining process but we worked together with management to come to a fair agreement with a historic investment in frontline care that moves us forward and will help us recruit and retain highly-skilled staff.

  Highlights include:

  • Immediate wage increases for all —  some as high as 26.27% and as much as $3.50/hr!
  • Market adjustments on start rates for all jobs to help with recruitment and retention and keep us competitive!
  • Enhanced Loan Debt Forgiveness & Tuition Assistance programs including 100% reimbursement for any required certifications & license renewals!
  • Maintaining our access to quality and affordable health care!
  • Retention bonuses for all union members coming the second week of July!

Thanks to our bargaining committee for everyone’s tireless work and to the many members who participated in bargaining, wore stickers, signed our petition, and so much more!

But our work isn’t done. We’ll need to make sure this contract is implemented and that everyone adheres to it. You can help us continue to build the strength of our union by becoming a delegate or volunteering for a committee. Reach out to our organizer, Mary DelPlato, to learn how.

If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to our organizer, Mary DelPlato, at or 570-290-0942.


UPDATE: June 14

Our new CEO says people are the most important resource

On Sunday, the Scranton Times-Tribune ran an interview with Michael Curran, the new CEO of Moses Taylor and Regional hospitals. In that interview, he laid out his vision for how Moses Taylor and Regional would move forward, evolve, and grow.

Much of what he told the Times-Tribune is not new —  we’ve heard some version of these plans for the last year and a half. But if plans are being formalized or acted on, we intend to be part of that process.

Leaders from both hospitals will be requesting meetings with Curran in the next week or so to discuss his vision and insist that as we move forward, we move forward together. We’re the ones on the front lines of our hospitals and we know better than most how things can be improved.

Curran told the Times-Tribune that people are the most important resource. Well WE are those people and we intend to hold him to his word. 

We’ll have more information for everyone soon. Until then, if you have any questions or concerns or would like to be more involved in how we create a new health system here in Scranton, reach out to our organizers — Mary DelPlato ( and Robin Blumstein (

Lynn Mooney, RN, Regional Hospital of Scranton

Melissa Sonday, RN, Moses Taylor Hospital

UPDATE: June 8

We’re getting close to an agreement!

On Wednesday, we returned to the bargaining table and made agreements on several key points, including wage adjustments for the first year that range from 3% to more than 26% in the first year! We’ve also agreed on upgrades for almost all job classifications (with some still needing to be ironed out.)

We’ve scheduled another bargaining session for this coming Wednesday to hammer out proposals we are still not in agreement on including:

  • Wage Increases: We are proposing 3% in year 1 and 3.5% in year 2 or .50 each year (whichever is higher) while management is proposing 1% each year; and
  • Health Insurance: We’re still in negotiations over surcharges and fee increases.

We’re returning to the bargaining table on Wednesday, June 15th at 10am and planning to vote on a tentative agreement via Zoom on Thursday, June 16th, at 7:45am, 4pm, and 7:30pm via Zoom.

If you have questions or concerns you’d like to discuss, Mary DelPlato will be in the hospital cafe on Monday, June 14th from 1-5pm.

Make a plan to attend bargaining in person if you can and definitely the important all-member vote meeting (registration required). When we stand together we win at the bargaining table! Let’s win! 

BARGAINING: Wednesday, June 15th  –  10AM

Hilton Scranton (100 Adams Ave, Scranton, PA 18503)

In person!


VOTE: Thursday, June 16th  

7:30am, 4pm & 7:30pm

Click HERE to register for Zoom

If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to our organizer, Mary DelPlato, at or 570-290-0942.


UPDATE: May 31

We Want Our Wage Adjustment!

On Thursday, we returned to the bargaining table, once again expecting management to come with their market analysis and wage adjustment proposals and once again they were not prepared. They said the process was more complicated than expected. 

Management did offer a wage proposal separate from any adjustment. They proposed:

  • Year 1: 1% or 25 cents, whichever is higher
  • Year 2: 1%
  • Year 3: 1%

We told them we need to see their market analysis and adjustment proposal before we can give a counter-proposal. 

We’ll be returning to the bargaining table on Wednesday, June 8th at 10am and insist that management show up with their market analysis and wage adjustment proposal. We are holding an all-member meeting via Zoom to vote on a potential tentative agreement or next steps on Tuesday, June 14th, at 7:45am, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm.

Everyone should make a plan to attend both the bargaining session and the important all-member vote meeting (registration required) and stand together to tell management we know what we’re worth! 

BARGAINING: Wednesday, June 8th  –  10AM

Hilton Scranton (100 Adams Ave, Scranton, PA 18503)

In person!


VOTE: Tuesday, June 14th  

7:30am, 4:30pm & 7:30pm

Click here to register for Zoom

If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to our organizer, Mary DelPlato, at or 570-290-0942.



Respect Us! Invest in Us!

On Tuesday, May 3rd, we returned to the bargaining table after several months on a contract extension to give management time to do a market wage analysis for our job titles. We were expecting them to come in with their market analysis and wage adjustment proposals, but that did not happen! We were disappointed to say the least. After expressing our frustration, management committed to having a wage adjustment proposal ready at our next bargaining session on May 20th.

Despite that setback,  we had a good dialogue around work areas and job titles where we see huge turnover and vacancies in our hospital. Management did provide a proposal on the enhanced benefits for education assistance, loan forgiveness, and certification reimbursement.

Healthcare Benefits

Management proposed a smoker surcharge and a spousal surcharge on our health insurance premiums for 2023. We have not agreed to this, but if you have questions about what this might mean, reach out to our organizer Norah Gunn or anyone on our Bargaining Committee.


Friday, May 20th  –  10AM

Hilton Scranton (100 Adams Ave, Scranton, PA 18503)

Join here by Zoom:

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact our organizer Norah Gunn at or at 732-687-6913.

UPDATE: Feb. 25

We Need to Vote on a Contract Extension

The hospital has made an offer that we must ALL review and vote on this Monday, Feb. 28.

Our bargaining committee has discussed with management that everyone’s wages at Moses Taylor Hospital need to increase in order to keep up with the current labor market. Management agrees and wants to analyze the market to see where wages have fallen behind.

Management is proposing an extension of our contract and a return to bargaining in April to continue negotiating our successor contract. 

There are more details and proposed incentives to discuss so make a plan to join us on Monday, Feb. 28, at 8am, 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm, to discuss these important developments and vote on our next steps.


Monday, February 28





If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Patty Ludwikoski at 814-360-1478 or at

UPDATE: Jan 31

We’re Getting a Raise!

This weekend, union nurses voted overwhelmingly to approve a proposal for a $5 wage increase for all RNs at Moses Taylor Hospital starting January 30th, 2022. This is in addition to the 3% raise we will receive as part of our contract. 

This agreement adds one year to our current contract, making the new expiration date March 31st, 2024. It also includes another 3% raise on April 1st, 2023.

It’s because of our union that we’re able to make these sorts of gains for frontline caregivers. When we stand together and fight, we win!

If you have any questions, you can contact our organizer, Anthony Downing, at or at 484-666-2866.

UPDATE: Jan 29

An offer to increase RN wages at Moses Taylor is on the table!

Management at Moses Taylor Hospital has put a last-minute offer on the table to increase wages of all RNs at our hospital $5.00 starting January 30th, 2022. This is in addition to the 3% raise we would still receive as part of our contract. 

The offer includes adding one year to the current contract, making the new expiration date March 31st, 2024. It also includes another 3% raise on April 1st, 2023.

All union RNs in good standing are meeting to vote on the offer this Sunday, Jan. 30th, at 2pm, and again on Monday, January, 31, at 8am, both via Zoom. Our bargaining committee recommends we vote to ratify this offer.


Register HERE for Sunday, Jan. 30  –  2PM

Register HERE for Monday, Jan. 31  –  8AM

If you have any questions, you can contact our organizer, Anthony Downing, at or at 484-666-2866.

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