Negotiations continue between the United Steelworkers of America and Appalachian Regional Healthcare and now, another group is talking about what they will do, if the United Steelworkers go on strike.
Negotiations between the United Steelworkes and ARH continue as the union is less than ten days away from the end of their contract and potential strike. But now, the Kentucky Nurses Association is saying how they will be affected.
The KNA says they will continue to take care of ARH patients if the United Steelworkers decide to strike. However, representatives for the KNA say nurses will not take over duties normally assigned to United Steelworkers members.
"That's what we're required to do is patient care. We can't be housekeepers, cafeteria workers, maintenance workers, all the those things, and provide safe patient care," said Hazard's KNA President Wilma Jones.
The KNA says its members will not accept any assignments that would diminish the cause of the United Steelworkers or hinder their efforts to reach an agreement with ARH.
Representatives at ARH told us it was inappropriate for them to comment on the negotiations today, and member of the United Steelworkers say they are meeting right now about the contract.