ARH Nurses Taking Case to Lawmakers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Striking nurses from Kentucky and West Virginia say they'll remain on the picket line for as long as it takes to get a contract that meets their terms.

A group of about 75 nurses from two Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospitals in West Virginia rallied at the state Capitol today to draw attention to their strike, which began October 1st after their contract expired. All told, about 630 nurses are on strike.

Beckley nurse Pamela Lilly said the reason they're striking is for a contract that allows them to work shorter shifts and to spend more time with patients.

ARH, though, says the dispute is about pay raises.

Representatives from both sides met for about 30 minutes with a mediator today in Lexington, Kentucky, but reached no compromise.

The nurses at the Capitol were joined by members of the Legislature and other unions, who pledged their support.

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