ARH, union reach labor agreement, avoid strike

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - Appalachian Regional Healthcare workers have accepted a labor contract days before a strike had been planned.

Media reported that employees that belong to the United Steelworkers Union voted on Friday to accept the agreement.

The union represents around 2,000 workers at ARH facilities in Kentucky and West Virginia including licensed practical nurses, certified nurse aids, and clerical, maintenance and housekeeping staff. It had filed a noticed that employees intended to strike if an agreement wasn't reached by Sunday, when their current contract expires.

Terms of the agreement weren't released, but both sides said they were pleased with the plan.

The contract is good for three years.

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