Nurses Vote To Reject Contract

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Nurses on strike for more than two months in Kentucky and West Virginia overwhelmingly rejected the latest contract offer

ARH officials say they thought it was a great offer, but union nurses said no way.

“I do not approve of it and I did vote no on it,” Barbara Pratt said.

So did the majority of other nurses who voted throughout ARH's nine-hospital system. Some say they aren't surprised.

Union officials say they aren't sure what's next, but they hope a federal mediator will call the two sides back together soon.

“I hope that we can soon return to the negotiating table to further discuss a contract whose language I hope would ensure the best care for our patients,” Edward Gura said.

ARH issued a response just moments after the results came in.

“We are disappointed that the nurses did not ratify this contract, but going forward we will continue to offer quality healthcare services to our communities, who depend on us,” Candace Elkins said.

No further contract negotiations are scheduled at this time.

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  • by T Location: Ky on Dec 5, 2007 at 03:29 PM
    To the retired nurse in Ky. You stated to keep working while the negotiations were going on, let me educate you. We, the union nurses, offered to continue to work under the old contract if a new one was not ratified. We were told NO by ARH, they were not willing to let us continue to work under the old contract. No contract no work was their statement. I have been an employee for many years one time the old contract was extended for several months, we continued to work and negotiate and it turned out well for both parties. Once again, this ARH administration was not willing to even try.
  • by JAB Location: Kentucky on Dec 5, 2007 at 02:34 PM
    Bob in Harlan: You have no idea what you are talking try making it with the wages and the high premiums for health insurance they have to pay, plus getting made to work ridiculous amounts of overtime (which gets taxed so much, you might as well do it for free). You have no idea how hard these nurses work and then to say something like: "apparently you don't have to be very smart to be a nurse..." shows your lack of intelligence in the matter.
  • by Striking RN Location: Eastern Ky on Dec 5, 2007 at 01:41 PM
    Maybe this will sent a wake-up call to Jerry Haynes and the Board of Trustees, and the Yessin Group.ARH gave the Strike Settlement Agreement to return to work knowing we would vote it down, due to demeaning, degrading, and insulting way in which they are attempting to treat their employees. KNA stay strong!
  • by Just a Nurse Location: KY on Dec 5, 2007 at 12:23 PM
    To Just wondering: They are trying to get a decent wage and benefits equal to what services they provide, and the risks they undertake to provide those services. I say, Kudos to them, and I hope they get what they so rightfully deserve. It's not easy being responsible for someone else's life while they are under your care. Malpractice insurance is expensive, uniforms and equipment are expensive,and continuing education is expensive. I hope they send a wake up call to facilities all over the country. Lets hope if we or our family members get sick, there will always be a caring, competent nurse ready to provide for their care. I don't condone the egg throwing and other such behavior, that sends a negative picture of nurses. They need to continue their quest without stooping to such infantile behavior. I will pray for them and their families, and hope everyone will do the same.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2007 at 12:14 PM
    the offered contract was not so bad-----the community needs to see the re-entry clause offered by arh-----TOTALLY INSULTING AND RIDICULOUS----THEY ARE A PACKAGE DEAL this shows us that arh is not willing to negotiate and is trying to bust the union--PLEASE SUPPORT THE STRIKING NURSES
  • by uguess Location: mcdowell on Dec 5, 2007 at 11:57 AM
    i don't think this is about patience care for either side it is about money the rn's at mcdowell are rude
  • by Retired Nurse Location: KY on Dec 5, 2007 at 10:04 AM
    We want to help people, we want to help people..blah blah blah. If you want to help people, you continue working while negotiations are taking place. Bunch of cry babies.
  • by family member Location: mcdowell on Dec 5, 2007 at 04:43 AM
    May God bless them all. But its a shame to come and visit family in the hospital and see picketting nurses talking awful to the guards and throwing eggs at vehicles.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2007 at 04:31 AM
    Nurses keep going!!!!
  • by Citizen Location: Ky. on Dec 5, 2007 at 04:09 AM
    ARH, give each striker a BMW and they may settle. jeez
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