Nun fired from Allegheny County Jail reinstated

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Barbara Finch, the nun and registered nurse who was fired from her job at the Allegheny County Jail in January, was reinstated today.

Corizon, the Tennessee-based company that runs health care services at the jail, and the United Steelworkers, the union that represents health care workers, announced the reinstatement in a joint news release.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported last week that the two groups were in talks to return Sister Barbara to work.

In the release, Corizon said that Sister Barbara lost her job because Allegheny County revoked her security clearance, but that Corizon and the Steelworkers had requested the county reinstate the clearance.

Her clearance was reinstated, and she was back at work today.

"We're very excited that we were able to get Sister Barbara her job back," said Maria Somma, an organizer for the United Steelworkers.

Corizon and the United Steelworkers plan to begin contract negotiations soon, the release said. Jail infirmary workers voted to unionize Feb. 14.

“We are moving forward and will remain focused on our mission of providing quality care,” said Carla Cesario, interim chief operating officer for Corizon, in a statement.

Kaitlynn Riely: or 412-263-1707.

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