11/4/07

SEIU authorizes strike against WV hospital

Workers at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington (WV) voted Friday night to post a ten day strike notice. These workers include: Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN's) but not Registered Nurses. This also includes housekeeping, business office employees, maintenance and some clerical positions.

Joyce Gibson who represents the 763 workers through the Service Employees International Union says they'd been in contract negotiations with Cabell since August with very little movement until early Friday morning. That's when she says the hospital laid down a final counter offer, but pulled it off the table ten minutes later. Ms. Gibson says the union was ready to approve that offer. Now, she says they'll hit the picket line in ten days unless both sides can reach an agreement.

Without getting into the specifics of the negotiations, the hospital says it hopes to work out a new deal before any possible strike.

The last time nurses, aides service and maintenance workers at Cabell Huntington went on strike was nine years ago.

(wsaz.com)

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