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Northside nurses ratify severance agreement

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

Nurses who work at the soon-to-be-closed Northside Regional Medical Center have approved a tentative agreement with the hospital's owner according to a statement from the union representing those nurses.

Members of the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association met throughout the day Wednesday to learn about the proposal hammered out between union negotiators and Steward Health Care.

Following voting by the nurses, the union released a short statement saying that they "ratified the closure agreement and separation."

Details of the pact were not immediately made known.

Nurses have been concerned about pensions and severance since Steward announced last month that it would close Northside next week due to the declining number of patients.

The YGDNA is represented by the American Federation of Teachers, whose president Randi Weingarten also said the union fought to keep the hospital open.

In addition to the 188 YDGNA nurses, 280 other employees will lose their jobs when the hospital closes one week from today.

Steward and Mercy Health each held hiring events after the closure, but it is not known how many of the displaced employees got new jobs.

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