Former Recreational Therapists Sue Hazard ARH

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - Two former recreational therapist at an eastern Kentucky psychiatric center have sued their former employer, claiming they were fired for taking sodas and snacks to striking nurses at a nearby hospital.

Cynthia Boggs and Amber Tye sued Hazard ARH Psychiatric Center last week in Perry Circuit Court.

The two said they took ice, sodas and snacks to friends walking the picket line outside Appalachian Regional Healthcare on Oct. 1, the first day nurses went on strike.

Boggs and Tye said that when returned to work, the director of risk management and the center's administrator told them they had violated a directive prohibiting them from fraternizing with striking union members. The two therapists say they were then told they were being suspended because they did not clock out when they left for the break.

Candy Elkins, spokeswoman for ARH, said the company denies the allegations in the lawsuit.

More than 600 ARH nurses in Kentucky and West Virginia began striking Oct. 1 when their contract expired. The nurses say they want better retirement and medical benefits and improved staffing levels.

ARH broke off negotiations with the nurses a few days before the contract expired.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by tracy Location: hazard on Oct 30, 2007 at 10:32 AM
    These employees who were teminated were not union employees. They had no involvement with the union, they were only taking food to their co-workers on their 15 minute break. Pete and Doug, get the facts before you post!
  • by Pete Location: Harlan on Oct 29, 2007 at 08:26 PM
    Posted by: doug Location: hyden Way to go Cindy Elkins, These NON PROFESSIONALS does not need to be working in a professional atmosphere. I have NO respect for a stricker. Just keep drawing your SSI, SS, and foodstamps. It's folks like you who like folks like me to work so you can draw your check. It is the first of the month, get your trained dog to go to the mail box and get your gold envelope...
  • by Mickey Location: Hazzard on Oct 29, 2007 at 08:24 PM
    Yea, check the way the location is spelled, these administrators here act just like the political cronies on the 80's fab show, "The Dukes of Hazzard." They deny this when in fact others' were around when statements were made about them being over there in their bright pink hospital clothes! I understand that ARH reputation is terrible, but workers are scared not to report and feel threatened not to say anything. In a court of law, under oath, you have to tell the truth.... We have had people there on light duty work during the strike and they made them work beyond the scope of their doctors orders, common practice. I would hope that ARH asked these wokers to come back but I am sure they will decline their offer. If so, I hope they have other opportunities to work in this field as both were dedicated workers. I am sure ARH wants this nightmare to end, with this and the strike but it does not appear that neither is going to end up without an argument. bye
  • by doug Location: hyden on Oct 28, 2007 at 05:40 AM
    Way to go Cindy Elkins, These NON PROFESSIONALS does not need to be working in a professional atmosphere. I have NO respect for a stricker.


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