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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  • by KNA member on Oct 30, 2007 at 08:03 PM
    James Smith has continued to state that our union has not provided a comprehensive proposal...THAT IS A COMPLETE LIE.. Are you wanting someone to read it to you or what??? Yesterday, when it was given to ARH once again... the replies were ;Is there any changes? So obviously ARH has seen them before... How can you get on TV & tell the public that? And to DC.. ARH still hasn't paid us...I guess no court or judges decision mean anything to ARH.... Laws mean nothing to them.. I would like to remain hopeful that a resolution is soon reached and we may return to work.. until then.. KNA members STAND STRONG!!!
  • by KNA member Location: McDowell on Oct 30, 2007 at 10:35 AM
    ARH obviously isn't negotiating, they have been given our proposal on several occasions and do not even acknowledge it. They do not want to give us a fair contract & they wanted this strike in the first place. ARH is constantly advertising only partial truths about what is really happening. Do you think that we would be on a picket line right now if what they have advertised is true and the contract was fair.....NO!! Just ask any of the nurses on the lines what the truth is and they will tell you... we may not have millions of dollars to advertise the truths, but I can sleep at night knowing that I didn't stab my union & fellow workers in the back by crossing our own picket line & making it easier for ARH to try to break our union. For the ones who did.. SHAME ON YOU, while we are out here freezing and standing up for what is right...you are working for them & destroying our union too.... the end result of OUR efforts will benefit you in the end... you should be banned from the union!!!
  • by DC Location: Hazard on Oct 30, 2007 at 08:01 AM
    I, for one, do not feel that ARH is willing and trying to negotiate with the nurses in good faith. I say this as only a citizen of the community, and not an insider. I do recall, however, that a court ruled in favor of the nurses on an issue in the past, and ARH would not pay as instructed. It took a court order to get ARH to pay. ARH needs competition. Pure and simple. They have enjoyed a monoply far too long in this region. Why do so many Appalachian people go to Lexington, and other places for healthcare? Poor facilities at home is the answer. Don't let ARH advertisement dollars sway this issue...they have done that too much already. We deserve better healthcare in the mountains. ARH has not delivered as promised. Now, let's send them another million dollars, and they will promise to relocate their offices, like before. The are NOT trustworthy.
  • by ken Location: chicago on Oct 29, 2007 at 06:43 PM
    What kind of attorney is Mr. Smith? Not very careful or knowledgeable, apparently.Not all hospitals require mandatory ovetime for their nurses. Many states, such as Illinois, have a prohibition on mandatory overtime, via statute or regulation. Many more hospitals nationwide provide care by respectfully requesting nurses to assist in covering staffing needs based on patient acuity without "mandating" overtime.Forcing nurses to work beyond their regularly scheduled shift is foolish and worse, dangerous to patients. Perhaps a more competent and compassionate negotiator would better serve both ARH and its patients and nurses interests.
  • by nurse Location: whitesburg on Oct 29, 2007 at 05:32 PM
    Come on ARH....do something good this time!!! WE need to get our nurses back to work. Again, shame on Jerry Haynes!!!

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