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Charges and countercharges fly in East Liverpool City Hospital labor dispute

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EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio - Both sides in the contract dispute between East Liverpool City Hospital and the union representing registered nurses say they are filing unfair labor practice complaints against each other.

The latest salvo came late Friday from hospital management, which issued a news release saying that it is filing a complaint against the East Liverpool Nurses Association because of what it says is misinformation that has been distributed to the public.

Earlier Friday, the nurses association called off a strike threatened for this weekend, but said it would not allow its 133 members vote on what was termed a "final" offer from the hospital.

“The nurses’ bargaining team feels the Hospital’s actions during negotiations are illegal." said Nurses association president Mary Kay Hoppel in an e-mailed statement.  "We will not vote today on this employer’s illegal proposal and we have filed several unfair labor practice charges with the Labor Board." said Hoppel. "In the meantime the nurses intend report to work to care for our patients as usual while we wait to get a legal bargaining process restarted.”

The statement from the union did not explain the basis for the unfair labor practice charges.

The hospital, which stopped admitting patients on Wednesday in preparation for a strike, issued a statement saying that inpatient services will operate on a limited basis and listed  services it said would remain operational:

  • Emergency Department
  • Surgical Center
  • Medical Imaging
  • Senior Behavioral Health
  • Therapy
  • Wound Care Center
  • Laboratory Services
  • Cardiac Rehab

The statement from the hospital also outlined the latest offer made to the ELNA:

  • Annual wage increases over the life of the contract leading to a top rate of almost $34 per hour
  • Paid days off that would include as much as 28 vacation days & 7 holidays per year
  • Significant Signing Bonuses
  • Overtime pay for any time worked over 40 hours in a week
  • 2 ½ times pay for all major holiday hours worked
  • Through an insurance plan, members gain broader access to additional physicians & services
  • 100% tuition reimbursement
  • Ability to achieve Magnet Facility status which recognizes excellence in nursing
  • Short & long term disability, funded by the company
  • Additional annual bonus opportunities

Neither statement revealed whether or not future negotiations are scheduled.

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