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Youngstown nurses' union approves authorization to strike

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association (YGDNA) granted the union's bargaining unit authorization to issue a strike notice if need be.

The union would have to give a ten-day notice if it intends to strike again.

The union says it wants to continue negotiations with the Northside Medical Center, but the hospital's CEO says a final, best offer has been made.

"We want to get back to the table, we're ready to negotiate 24/7. They have refused to come and meet with us. They're ignoring everybody in our organization, in this town, in the state of Ohio representatives have encouraged them offered their help to get this resolved," said Joyce Shaffer, R.N. and 1st V.P. for YGDNA.

The hospital declined to comment Wednesday night.

The union has brought up staffing levels and input by nurses in patient care as the main problems in the proposed contract, but hospital representatives have disputed that their final offer would prevent nurses from advocating for patients.

The nurses' association held a one-day strike last month that resulted in a selective lock-out of some nurses.

No more negotiations are scheduled.

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