Kentucky Nurses Strike Ends

After 83 days on the picket line, the nurses strike across part of the state is now over. And nurses say they're ready to head back to work.

The strike ended Dec. 22 after nurses approved the latest contract from Appalachian Regional Healthcare.

However, there was mixed reaction among the nurses.

The president of the union in Hazard says the Hazard nurses actually voted the contract down.

"So we will be going back to work, not necessarily to the positions we had, but hopefully before too long, will we back to our old positions," explained Wilma Jones, with the Kentucky Nurses Association.

The nurses approved the contract by a vote of 239-to-193.

350 nurses are expected to return by January 31.

The remainder are to return to work by March 31, of 2008. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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