Hundreds Of Union Workers Continue To Protest Outside Of ARH

By: Jon Sonnheim Email
By: Jon Sonnheim Email

Hundreds of union workers continue to protest outside of Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospitals and clinics across Kentucky and West Virginia.

They say they're still waiting for ARH officials to offer them a fair contract.

After talking with both union workers and leaders as well as ARH officials, it appears that both sides are hoping to end this strike fairly soon.

Just exactly how soon the dispute could be settled is still to be determined as day three of the strike began trickling down into many of the communities as well.

The car horns show support for striking union workers lined up outside ARH hospitals.

Just as inside the Perry County Fiscal Court, magistrates showed their support by passing a resolution backing the United Steel Workers, although it has no legal consequence.

For waiter Jimmy Allen Lewis, there was no financial support at his job.

He's starting to notice local restaurants and businesses feeling the effects of the strike.

“We've been a lot slower. Of course, the hospital people aren't making their money, they're not going to want to spend their money here,” Lewis said.

That may be good news for many in the community, as ARH officials appeared on camera for the first time since the strike began midnight Saturday.

They say everyone from top to bottom is pitching in to make sure patient care is as good as its ever been.

ARH officials say recent cuts in Medicaid and Medicare have forced them to look for ways to save money and continue operating and that's basically where some of these disagreements have come out of.

Meanwhile, those ARH officials will meet with union officials in Lexington Wednesday, in hopes of negotiating a deal.

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  • by Pat Location: Cumberland on Apr 5, 2007 at 07:00 AM
    I admire these workers for standing up for their rights. only through solidarity will they accomplish what they set out to do. I think the community should support USWA. Remember if not for a union this hospital would not be in existence.
  • by nurse Location: ARH on Apr 4, 2007 at 05:10 PM
    If Jerry Haynes blames the medicaid and medicare cuts for the decreased benefits he's offering to the steelworkers, then why doesn't he cut the cream off the top, and start by a decrease in his salary? and his benefits package?
  • by Lois Location: harlan co on Apr 4, 2007 at 04:30 PM
    I think the Steelworkers need to stand for what they believe in. And its not only for themselves its for the future generation also. Hang in there steelworkers You will surely win this battle..GOD bless and GOD SPEED
  • by Tonya Location: Harlan on Apr 4, 2007 at 03:20 PM
    To Janice from cumberland. Do you even know what they are losing? The difference in most people and these folks. Is the UNION. These folks as you stated, don't have to settle for unfair cuts. God Bless these folks and God Bless the UNION!!!!!!!!
  • by April Location: Lost Creek on Apr 4, 2007 at 01:36 PM
    I think other folks who have lost things that every working person is entitled to should have the courage to stand and fight for what is right. Not sit back and take it, and then complain about it on a website.
  • by Jennifer Location: Hazard on Apr 4, 2007 at 01:18 PM
    I think those people have the right to fight for what is fair. I just hope that it is over soon, agree on something, so those people can get back to work. THE VIOLENCE IS UNCALL FOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Janice Location: Cumberland on Apr 4, 2007 at 12:16 PM
    I still think that the folks ought to give it up and go back to work. They are not losing anymore than most people have already lost with their jobs.


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