Union Workers Prepare To Vote On Tentative Contract With ARH

By: Jon Sonnheim Email
By: Jon Sonnheim Email

More than three weeks after going on strike, union workers for Appalachian Regional Healthcare prepare to vote on a new tentative contract.

ARH and United Steel Worker officials reached a tentative contract late Saturday night.

Both sides say that they were hopeful it could be ratified by the nearly 2,500 employees, currently on strike, in a vote on Wednesday.

Tuesday, was a chance for many of those employees across Kentucky and West Viriginia to take their first look at that contract.

The details of the contract have not been released, but one United Steel Worker official told WYMT earlier that it has been a give and take process.

“We're hoping to meet every member and completely cover the contract to allow our members to analyze the contract thoroughly before making any decision to vote,” Dwayne Herald, USW Union President, said.

Officials on both sides say they are currently concentrating on the ratification of the deal and are not exactly sure when employees would go back to work, should both sides reach an agreement.

Meanwhile, United Steel Worker officials say employees will vote from 6 a.m, until six p.m. Wednesday and hope to have a decision, one way or the other by Wednesday evening...

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