May 21, 2013 |
The leader of the union that represents health-care employees at Temple University Hospital on Sunday threatened a strike over an arbitration dispute involving a terminated employee accused of sexual harassment. "We're prepared to shut it down," said Henry Nicholas, president of AFSCME District 1199C, which represents hospital employees across the city. There's almost no chance, union representatives said, of an actual strike - the union contract contains a no-strike clause. But for its president to even mention a strike - at a hospital that has historically enjoyed a strong, amicable relationship with its union - shows how upset the union has become over the arbitration dispute.
September 6, 2012 |
Longtime labor leader Henry Nicholas, 76, has no plans to retire and said he's never had a tired day in his life. "I'm a lucky guy," he said. Even so, Nicholas has been consciously grooming a successor to lead District 1199C, the 11,358-member hospital workers' union for employees in dozens of the region's nursing homes and most of Philadelphia's major hospitals. "The character of a leader is to make sure that when he can't lead, someone else can," Nicholas said. "I have an obligation.
September 4, 2012 |
In the dirt-floor doorway of a Mississippi sharecropper's home built of logs chinked with Spanish moss, a little boy, no more than 4, clung to his father's leg, terrified. "At least several times, I observed my father standing in the door when the Ku Klux Klan with hoods on came to get him," said Henry Nicholas, the labor leader. "With me hanging on his leg, he would cock the gun and tell them to make their moves, and he'd stare them down until they rode away. "That never, ever left me. My father wasn't afraid, but I was. He wasn't scared, but I was scared to death.
July 1, 2012
Union leaders representing 1,400 workers at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital braced for a possible strike Saturday night as an 11:30 p.m. deadline neared with no contract from a marathon bargaining session. "We are not close," said Henry Nicholas, who, as president of District 1199C of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, represents licensed practical nurses, hospital escorts, nurses' assistants, kitchen staff, and other unionized support workers at Jefferson, in Center City.
July 13, 2011
It is parents' duty to teach civility In his letter of July 5 ("Youth violence and school funding"), Henry Nicholas, president of District 1199C, National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, says of the recent violence on North Broad Street that "we should compare it to the violent knifing of the School District budget and make the obvious connection between the two. " I see no connection. The School District's duty is to teach its children reading, writing, and arithmetic.
March 4, 2010 |
In about a month, 20 secretaries, clerks, and administrators - all employees of one of the city's most storied unions - will participate in a National Labor Relations Board election to decide whether they want to be represented by a union themselves. Ironically, their employer, longtime labor leader Henry Nicholas, declined to recognize the bargaining unit when he was presented with signed petition cards from a majority of the workers. Nicholas is a staunch supporter of a proposed federal law known as "card check," which would allow unions to organize workplaces without a separate election if a majority of workers sign cards requesting representation.
February 26, 2010 |
Girard Medical Center will lay off about 100 people April 24, a few days after it permanently closes its Continuing Care Hospital, according to a notice filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Girard Medical Center, at Eighth Street and Girard Avenue, is part of the North Philadelphia Health System, which includes St. Joseph's Hospital at Girard and 16th Street. The medical center is a 168-bed long-term acute-care hospital, its Web site said. "NPHS and its Girard Medical Center have been striving in these harsh economic times to maintain the operation of CCH," the Wednesday notice said, adding that officials had met with other area hospitals to generate more referrals.
January 4, 2010 |
Helen Jenkins Bigham was a groundbreaker, in her 50s and again in her 70s. The second time it was at the People's Emergency Center in West Philadelphia, which helps families that often "are headed by single young mothers who have never lived on their own. " "They typically read at a sixth grade level or lower," the center's Web site states, "and have little or no work experience. " In a eulogy last Monday for Mrs. Bigham, PEC president Gloria Guard said, "Our ability to have touched thousands of lives never would have happened without her. " On Dec. 22, Mrs. Bigham, 94, died of abdominal cancer at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood.
May 23, 2008 |
James T. Ryan, of Lansdowne, 71, a labor educator and social justice activist, died of cancer Tuesday at home. For 26 years, Dr. Ryan was director of the Training and Upgrading Fund of District 1, Local 199C of the National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees, AFL-CIO. The fund was created in 1974 in a collective-bargaining agreement between the union and nine Philadelphia hospitals. Its purpose is to provide educational benefits to assist union members and the community to upgrade job skills and to keep pace with increasing technological demands.