Union: Striking Nurses Vote Down Hospital System Contract Offer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - About 500 nurses at Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospitals in West Virginia and Kentucky will remain on strike after voting 455-5 to reject a contract offer.

Chief union negotiator Pat Tanner says the company's offer wasn't enough.

ARH spokeswoman Candace Elkins says the company is disappointed
by last night's (Tuesday) contract vote.

Elkins says no further meetings have been scheduled.

The hospital system had set a deadline for yesterday for the nurses to make a decision on the contract offer. But it gave no assurances that striking workers would get their jobs back. Tanner says that strike settlement proposal was part of last night's vote.

The proposed contract included changes to staffing and scheduling, which union members say are some of the main strike issues.

About 650 of ARH's 750 nurses initially walked out on October 1st. Tanner says about 150 have since taken other jobs.

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