Thursday, April 24, 2014

Union Gives ARH Strike Notice

Member of the Southern United Nurses/National Nurses United who work at Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospitals in Hazard and Beckley, West Virginia will strike May 1 absent an agreement on a contract, the according to a statement posted on ARH's website Monday.

That strike would last one day, according to ARH System Director of Employee and Labor Relations, Julius Pearson.

The two opposing sides held a meeting to come to an agreement Monday, but no agreement came.

Union representatives are waiting for ARH to come to the table with compromises.

Issues still to be resolved include vacation/paid time off, health insurance premiums, and compensation for some nurses.

Both sides said a strike would harm the region, and union leaders remained optimistic Wednesday a strike could be avoided.