Union employees at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital ratified a six-year agreement with the hospital Sunday morning, averting a possible strike.
The two sides reached a tentative agreement at 1 a.m. Sunday, an hour after the previous contract expired. Members of District 1199C of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees had earlier authorized a strike if no agreement were reached by the deadline.
The employees met to vote on the agreement at 6 a.m. Sunday, the hour at which pickets were to have gone up. A union spokeswoman said that the vote in favor was overwhelming.