KNA Officials Sit Down With The Public

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Officials from the Kentucky and West Virginia Nurses Association and Appalachian Regional Healthcare will meet a third time to try and resolve the ongoing ARH strike.

Union officials hosted a public forum in Bell County to answer questions about why they continue to walk the picket lines.

The unions' chief negotiator was at the meeting.

“We didn't have a choice ladies and gentlemen. we got pushed out!” Pat Tanner said.

Pat Tanner, lead negotiator for the Kentucky and West Virginia nurses associations, explained her frustration with ARH officials to a few dozen people at the Middlesboro Public Library.

“There are certain rules of engagement in negotiations, and quite frankly they haven't followed any of them,” Tanner said.

The lead negotiator for ARH denies that claim.

“We always listen with a great deal of respect to what the nurses have to say,” Dan Fitzpatrick said.

Those who spoke up at the public forum expressed support for the union.

“I can appreciate the concern that's expressed in the community and I want to assure everyone that ARH is doing everything we can to make sure that we maintain quality,” Fitzpatrick said

All parties say their biggest concern is patient care. ARH officials say the union hasn't been specific about what they want. Tanner says ARH isn't listening.

“Find the philosophy and position and posture that we have enjoyed with this company over the past 30 years, which has mutual respect,” Tanner said.

“If the nurses were to provide us with a comprehensive proposal tomorrow, we would be prepared to sit with them tomorrow,” Fitzpatrick said.

Right now the next official date for new talks is October 29th.


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  • by ME Location: SOMEWHERE on Oct 24, 2007 at 09:43 AM
    IF THE NURSES ARE SO UNHAPPY AND HAVE SUCH NEGATIVE FEELINGS TOWARD ARH THEN MAYBE THEY SEEK EMPLOYMENT ELSEWHERE
  • by RN on Stike Location: ARH Hospital on Oct 24, 2007 at 08:01 AM
    I wish all you people who state the reason we went on strike is to line our pockets, would work with us for just one day. Then you would have a right to say that. I think "me" who wrote that below does not work for ARH. HE or SHE is probably a member of the Yessin group. It's getting winter up here, maybe you all ought to go back to Tamp, Fla, where you came from. You sure do not know anything about working in a hospital!
  • by very irritated Location: on strike on Oct 23, 2007 at 10:03 PM
    do any of you people posting these negative comments even work? yes, there are several issues at stake here..yes, one of them is raises..but our health care is at rick, not to mention the cost of that health care.. arh is trying to sell our hospitals to the highest bidder!!! the big hospitals in lexington want your hospital!!don't whine when it happens, then you'll be a number not a name..all those nurses you know by name will be forgotten and a stranger will take care of you!!!!
  • by me Location: somewhere on Oct 23, 2007 at 10:59 AM
    Ok... Lee... If things were so bad that concerns everyone about patient care and patient safety isn't that the first thing that the NURSES should be attending to not the hospital as a whole. WHY DON'T YOU QUIT CAPTILIZING THE WORDS AND GET DOWN TO BUSINESS! You think anyone cares how you feel about the company you work for? If patient safety and care has been going down that is NOT saying a lot for the nurses in that hospital as YOU are the ONES that are providing that care and safety to the patient. Why don't you state the real reason you went on strike and that is to line your purse with a few more dollars. I can't and wouldn't fault you for that but to say that patient safety and care has been getting worse and you think that isn't part your fault as a Nurse in that facility give me a break! Do your jobs with more care and things will get better for the patient!
  • by Robert Location: Hazard on Oct 23, 2007 at 05:56 AM
    The striking nurses seem to be really divided among themselves as to what they are asking for. Every article I read identifies a different set of demands, and none are ever exactly the same. Maybe that's why they can't effectively communicate their proposals to ARH. If staffing and conditions are as bad as they suggest, state and federal authorities would have intervened long ago. It is more likely that there are some problems that do need to be addressed, but have been blown out of proportion, in the heat of the moment. I do hope both sides will work toward a quick solution, as nobody wins in a situation like this.
  • by lee Location: WHITESBURG on Oct 22, 2007 at 08:52 PM
    ARH LIES WHEN THEY SAY THEY LISTEN TO WHAT THE NURSES HAVE TO SAY. WE HAVE BEEN TELLING THEM FOR MORE THAN 1 YEAR THAT PATIENT SAFETY AND PATIENT CARE WAS GETTING WORSE. NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE TO CORRECT THIS PROBLEM EVEN BEFORE THE STRIKE

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