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Deal Between ARH & United Steelworkers Could Be Finalized

By: Jon Sonnheim Email
By: Jon Sonnheim Email

The deal could be done soon!

United Steelworkers have been voting on a new contract with Appalachian Regional Healthcare.

They say they've seen frostbite to Farmer's tans.

In the fourth week of the ARH strike more than 25 hundred United Steel Workers union employees across Kentucky and West Virginia could finally be going back to work, as soon as Thursday.

What that would take, union officials say, is a simple majority vote, just over 50 percent to ratify a tentative contract that both sides agreed upon late Saturday night.

“If the contract is ratified and accepted by membership, then we'll await a call from international, and once they give us the call, we'll take our picket lines down,” Dewayne Harold said.

ARH officials have said they're concentrating on the ratification of the contract and will then shift their focus to other details that need to be worked out.

Meanwhile, should this contract not get the majority vote, union officials say they'll try to identify the problems, and try to go back to the bargaining table.

Union officials have told WYMT they hope to have the votes counted and a definitive answer by around 8pm Wednesday night.

Saying all the results will be called into officials at the center behind me.


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