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Nurses on Verge of Strike

by TSchmitt
Fri, Aug 19th 2011 09:23 am

In Lockport, the contract dispute between Eastern Niagara Hospital and the nurses union rages on despite a lengthy bargaining session. Negotiators conducted a long session of nearly 22 hours, but said afterwards it produced no progress towards an agreement. The 125 nurses represented in the union have authorized the setting of a strike deadline, but the date hasn't been set as of yet. By law, the union has to give the hospital 10 days notice of a strike. The issues in talks with both parties include possibly reducing pensions, making nurses pay a greater share of health insurance premiums along with nurses' wages and whether the hospitals planned new ambulatory surgical center will be a union or non-union workplace. Both sides say negotiations will continue.

 

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