ARH & KNA Officials Meet For The Third Time

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email
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Representatives from Appalachian Regional Healthcare and the Kentucky and West Virginia Nurses Associations met for about four hours, trying to work out their differences.

Union officials tells us so far they have not reached an agreement on a new contract with ARH, but this isn't the end of negotiations.

As union nurses picketed outside the Hazard ARH for the 29th day, their leaders prepared for another meeting with hospital representatives in Lexington.

“The company has handled these negotiations unlike any before,” Scott Huff said.

“The union has not been forthcoming with any kind of comprehensive proposal throughout these negotiations,” James Smith said.

Issues like adequate staffing, mandatory overtime, seniority and a successorship clause continue to be major points of contention.

Some nurses frustrated with the stalemate are starting new jobs.

But hospital officials say the strike is not affecting the quality of care.

These strikers say they're looking in the same direction...

“I hope we both will come to an agreement and we can go back to work,” Linda Taylor said.

Neither side knows how long that could take.

Talks are scheduled to start again at ten Friday morning at the Four Points Sheraton in Lexington.

Officials tells us they will release more details about their progress after tomorrow's meeting.

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