Negotiations resume between hospitals, workers

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) - Negotiations have resumed between workers and Appalachian Regional Healthcare.

The two sides resumed labor talks on Monday, according to media reports. The current labor contract ends Sunday between ARH and the United Steelworkers, which represents about 2,000 licensed practical nurses, certified nurse aids, and clerical, maintenance and housekeeping staff at facilities across eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia. The union has filed an intent to strike if an agreement hasn't been reached before the contract expires on March 31.

One of the biggest points of contention is health insurance.

Both sides say they hope to reach an agreement by March 31.

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