ARH Nurses Returning to the Bargaining Table

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Some 600 Appalachian nurses on strike plan to return to the bargaining table.

The nurses from Kentucky and West Virginia have been on strike against Appalachian Regional Healthcare since October first, when their contract expired.

The nurses' chief negotiator Pat Tanner says both sides agreed today, after a second meeting with a federal mediator, to resume negotiations on October 29th.

ARH officials halted negotiations a few days before the October first deadline, presenting the nurses' union with its "final offer." ARH offered a pay raise and flexible schedules.

However, Tanner said the proposed contract reduces holiday pay and increases insurance premiums, canceling out any pay raise.

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