ARH Union Steel Workers Strike Enters Day 3

By: WYMT Team Coverage
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The United Steel Workers strike against Appalachian Regional Healthcare enters its third day.

Thousands of union workers have been picketing around the clock at nine ARH hospitals after failed contract negotiations.

Union workers at many ARH hospitals say this experience is uniting them, even doctors still working at the hospital are showing their support.

Just about 48-hours into the strike, union workers at one hospital say the battle for a fair contract is turning nasty.

United Steel Workers say this strike is about unity.

At midnight Saturday, many ARH union employees planted their feet on the picket line after they say ARH is cutting wages,pensions, insurance, and vacation time.

The strike turned violent in Harlan Monday, an ARH food service manager allegedly hit a union picketer and nearly hit a second person while pulling into the hospital.

The Harlan County sheriff later showed up to serve a summons to Sherrie Parker for 1st degree wanton endangerment, she's due in court in May.

Meanwhile, picketers asked for the courts help in Harlan to block the hospital from hiring replacement workers.

“Motion passed unanimously. Let this be resolved that the Harlan County Fiscal Court pledged it's support to ISW local 14-491 and is opposed to use of replacement workers.”

ARH officials preferred not to appear on camera, but did say that they are making patient care and safety their top priority.

Negotiations between ARH and union officials will resume on Wednesday.

ARH president and CEO Jerry Haynes, says ARH is hopeful that a resolution can be reached to resolve the issues and to end the strike.

Picketers say they will continue their fight until a fair contract is offered.


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  • by jonjon Location: central ky on Apr 20, 2007 at 03:17 PM
    I dont live as a died hard union nor management supporter, but what a lot of the strikers may want to think about is to not let your union rep persuade your vote because after this strike is over they will be returning to their posh homes not in your home town that your union dues have paid for and im sure that the union wages you will be receiving throughout this strike will be sufficient to care for your families. The ARH could probably make some changes but if you see the real numbers to play with their would not be as much play as the union realizes.But the reallitiy is Jerry Haynes would rather close your hospital and lose your job permanatly than to operate a hospital without any business and this strike is just pushing the business to the other surrounding hospitals. Close them now and reopen in twelve months under a new name and non-union.
  • by edna Location: cincinnati on Apr 9, 2007 at 09:02 PM
    arh hospitals are paying below minimum wages even slaves got hot meals & board.union is what made bloody harlan,lets make love not war..... the .wegesisloware be
  • by George D Stewart Location: Evarts on Apr 7, 2007 at 03:54 PM
    It is clear that ARH intends to break the United Steelworkers union and they have severely underestimated the strength and resolve of the Union. ARH is misleading the public and decieving the public to gain sympathy.
  • by joanne Location: tri city med ctr on Apr 6, 2007 at 07:04 PM
    we are on the picket line 5 days a week even though ARH closed our clinic during the strike and sent our doc, nurse practioners and pharmacist to harlan to work, we stay there to let our community know we will be back for them.
  • by someone who cares Location: SEkentucky on Apr 4, 2007 at 06:46 AM
    there are rumors out that ARH is trying to break the union in this area. we should break ARH and find a hospital group that wants to take care of their people!!
  • by pam Location: cumberland on Apr 4, 2007 at 06:31 AM
    everyone should back the steelworkers by not using the hospital or its facilities. my family will not cross the picket line.arh has lost our business until they settle this fairly.
  • by lavon Location: ky on Apr 3, 2007 at 06:35 PM
    i hope peace comes very quickly and nobody gets hurt.they deserve a better contract.
  • by Mary Location: Harlan, Ky on Apr 3, 2007 at 06:16 PM
    Stay atrong. We will continue to pray for you and your families
  • by Nurse Location: Beckley, WV on Apr 3, 2007 at 04:49 PM
    If ARH would clean house in the upper positions and cut some of the assisstants, to the assisstant, they could offer a great contract to the back bone of the hospital, the steel worker.
  • by SomeOne Location: Harlan on Apr 3, 2007 at 02:41 PM
    I dont blame them for striking. They should of been better and gave the workers what they deserve. Good Luck Strikers.
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