Appalachian Nurses Remain On The Picket Line

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) - Appalachian nurses are still on strike and though the sides have been talking, the nurses' chief negotiator says no significant movement has been made.

The labor disagreement between nurses and Appalachian Regional Healthcare has been tough on people, whether they're walking the picket line or crossing it.

Jerry Blevens has stood his ground for seven weeks, walking the line and thinking about his mortgage, his tearful wife and their four children.

Pam Pace has chosen to cross the picket line, saying someone has to take care of the patients.

Her car tires have been slashed and her name is written on a "wall of shame" posted outside the hospital.

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


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  • by Mike Location: morgan co on Nov 18, 2007 at 05:44 PM
    I though we was fighting a war on terror, theres one right there. (Definition)Terrorism: The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence against people or property to coerce or intimidate governments or societies, often to achieve political, religious, or ideological objectives.
  • by Doug Location: Hyden on Nov 18, 2007 at 04:25 AM
    YOU lost income, respect and dignity. The Patient gained PROFESSIONAL health care from Professional health care providers. Nurses who walk out on the ill and dying are NOT Professionals. You have been identified and are standing outside. For what? A union membership card? (tisk tisk)
  • by sean Location: morehead on Nov 17, 2007 at 03:17 PM
    slash her tires and slander her name, if I was her I would sue the union. Thats all the union is good for to harras cause people trouble who need and have to work, not because its optional. Grow up, seven weeks, jerry you wont need to work after the bank takes your house. My Family comes first I Dont know about you all.
  • by AN OBSERVER Location: EASTERN KY on Nov 17, 2007 at 08:56 AM
    PEOPLE DONT CUT TIRES AND DESTROY PROPERTY. WILL IT HURRY U BACK TO WORK? THE CO. MAY NOT WANT U BACK..JUST SOMETHING TO CHEW ON. NEGOTIATE!!!!
  • by working guy Location: kentucky on Nov 17, 2007 at 04:50 AM
    too bad,can't live on what they make while the rest of us slave for barely above minimum wage,do these nurses,being in a union,not realize that a SOME point in time a strike was possible?guess not.to busy buying spendy toys instead of saving money,i have NO sympathy whatsoever for them.Besides,we all KNOW the LPN;s do the grunt work while the RN's yak on the phone,gossip,ETC.i know.i work at ARH,and am treated like crap,hope they never come back,all my respect tho to those that did cross the line,and who taught them how to picket anyway?only standing out when it's warm,otherwise in their little tarp,or whatever they are,staying warm.and the wall of shame is so grade school,so childish,all that's done is tear this town apart.you don't know another's family situation,they may HAVE no other choice but to work.they may be the only bread winner,and i think the fiscal court is wrong to get involved,does not concern them,is between nurse's and ARH....PERIOD!!!

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