E. Liverpool nurses reject contract offer

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – Nurses at East Liverpool City Hospital have turned down another contract offer.

A press release said that nurses decided to “overwhelmingly reject” the hospital’s offer and did not list the exact count of the vote.

“The Hospital has repeatedly tried to bully our nurses into accepting their unfair proposals by diverting patients, shutting down portions of the hospital and even threatening future layoffs – all in an attempt to satisfy a possible business partner without regard for what’s best for the nurses and the community,” said Ohio Nurses Association Director of Communications Molly Ackley in a statement issued Friday.

“Administrators of River Valley Health Partners East Liverpool City Hospital are disappointed to learn that the latest contract offer was rejected by the East Liverpool Nurses Association. The administration of ELCH offered a fair and competitive contract to the nurses, which compared favorably to health care facilities throughout the region. As anticipated, the rejection of the latest offer prevents the merger with Humility of Mary Health Partners. ELCH will now explore all options that will ensure access to care for our community,” Allen said in a statement emailed Thursday night.

Rob Steiskal, a marketing manager at the hospital, said the hospital had no further comment Friday.

Last month, nurses had issued a 10-day strike notice, which forced the hospital to halt admissions and adjust patient services. The nurses rescinded the strike notice on May 30 and negotiations resumed.

Hospital spokesperson Brian Allen said rejection of the offer prevents a planned merger with Humility of Mary Health Partners. He also said the latest offer was comparable to health care facilities throughout the region.

The East Liverpool Nurses Association has 133 members.

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