Three month ARH strike ends

By: Nick Bona
By: Nick Bona

Knoxville (WVLT) – It took two days of voting and three months of the picket line, but the Appalachia Regional Healthcare nurses finally ended their strike by approving a new contract.

“We are pleased that our nurses have accepted this contract that includes an excellent compensation and benefit package,” said ARH President and CEO Jerry W. Haynes. “This is not only a vote in favor of a very good contract; it is a vote for quality patient care and improving the health and well being of all the communities we serve.”

The new contract took effect as soon as the vote was passed late Saturday evening.

A recall of 350 nurses to the nine ARH hospitals started immediately and will be complete by January 31.

The rest of the striking nurses will be back on the job by the end of March.

“We know that our nurses and our communities are as glad as management that this strike is over, and we look forward to the nurses rejoining the caring and compassionate nursing staff at our hospitals as we move forward with our mission of providing quality healthcare services to our communities,” Haynes said.

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