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Nurses allege bullying tactics by East Liverpool City Hospital

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East Liverpool City Hospital is more than 100 years old dating back to 1905.  It has had several additions over the years and even has a heliport on the roof to transport critical patients to trauma centers. Now it's future in the city is in doubt.

A statement released by the hospital says the nurses rejection of the hospitals last contract offer means that a proposed merger of the hospital with Humility Of Mary Health Partners is probably dead, and the hospital has no other options in front of it right now.

In a prepared statement, the East Liverpool Nurses Association says, "The hospital has repeatedly tried to bully our nurses into accepting their unfair proposals -- all in an attempt satisfy a possible business partner without regard for what's best for the nurses and the community."

The union says the last offer threatens to take away the nurses essential rights and benefits. The hospital counters by saying it has presented nurses with what it feels is a fair and competitive contract, that compares favorably to other health care facilities in the region.

For now the hospital continues to accept patients and the 133 nurses remain on the job with the hope of returning to the negotiating table. But there's no word of new talks scheduled.

Mayor James Swoger and the local Chamber of Commerce said they would have no comment on the perils of the hospital and the nurses

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