PHILADELPHIA, January 22, 2016 – More than 800 nurses at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia have earned the applause of state Sen. Larry Farnese for their vote to unionize.

The nurses, who will be represented by the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, or PASNAP, voted overwhelmingly in favor of the move Wednesday evening.

“It is great to know that the 850 nurses at Hahnemann are now acting as one when it comes to fighting for the right to fair pay and good working conditions,” Sen. Farnese said.

“Many elected officials have been doing all they can to undermine unions in Philadelphia and throughout America. This vote by our health care professionals to be represented by PASNAP gives labor a lift because it represents one of the biggest organizing victories anywhere in the country in the past year.

“Unions make sure workers are treated properly by the companies that employ them. PASNAP representation will give Hahnemann medical professionals a strong voice and help to drive better care to the hospital’s many patients.”

A vocal supporter for union representation, Sen. Farnese has fought attempts to defeat so-called “paycheck protection” legislation. He has also worked to make sure union jobs are filled, protected and defended at the Port of Philadelphia, and elsewhere.

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