Temple may have to pay pickets unemployment benefits

Philadelphia Inquirer, April 29, 2010

Temple University Hospital may wind up paying its striking nurses and allied health professionals for their time on the picket line. That's because, through a wrinkle in Pennsylvania labor law, the 28-day strike that ended with a tentative agreement may end up being ruled a lockout. And if it is, the 1,500 nurses, technologists, and therapists who voted overwhelmingly to ratify the contract will qualify for unemployment benefits. If they do qualify, Temple will end up footing the bill because it does not contribute to the Pennsylvania trust fund that pays unemployment. Instead, it pays unemployment-compensation claims directly as they arise, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.


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