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.