Union Studies ARH Contract Offer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Union officials are studying Appalachian Regional Healthcare's latest contract offer.

ARH submitted the contract proposal late last week. But the hospital system says its offer is contingent on union ratification by today.

Union officials said yesterday they hadn't decided whether to submit the offer for a rank-and-file vote.

The contract proposal includes changes to staffing and scheduling. Union members say those are some of the main strike issues.

About 600 of the 750 registered nurses at ARH hospitals have refused to cross the picket line since the strike began October 1st when the old contract expired.

The hospital system has nine facilities in eastern Kentucky and West Virginia.

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