Striking Nurses Return to the Bargaining Table

It's been almost three weeks since 600 nurses went on strike, and now they plan on returning to the bargaining table.

The nurses from Kentucky and West Virginia are striking against Appalachian Regional Healthcare.

Pat Tanner, chief negotiator for the nurses, says both sides agreed on Oct. 20 after a second meeting with a federal mediator, to resume negotiations on October 29.

ARH officials halted negotiations a few days before October 1 when the strike began, presenting the nurses' union with its final offer.

ARH offered a pay raise and flexible schedules.

However, Tanner said the proposed contract reduces holiday pay and increases insurance premiums, canceling out any pay raise.


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