Union: Striking Nurses Vote Down Hospital System Contract Offer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Nurses at nine Appalachian hospitals will remain on strike after voting 455 to five to reject a contract offer.

Nurses working for Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Kentucky and West Virginia walked out October first. Chief union negotiator Pat Tanner says the company's offer was "not enough" to win approval from the nurses last night.

ARH spokeswoman Candace Elkins says the company had not received official word from the Kentucky/West Virginia Nurses Association that the offer made Friday had been rejected. But she says the company is disappointed in the outcome of the vote.

No further meetings have been scheduled.

Tanner has estimated that about 500 of the 750 registered nurses at ARH hospitals are still striking. She said the number walking off the job was about 650 initially but said about 150 had since taken other jobs.

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