Workers and community members with East Liverpool City Hospital stood together outside Thursday afternoon to call on Prime Healthcare for a fair contract.

According to the release, Prime Healthcare is a for-profit company based in California and now owns the hospital.

More than 200 health care workers with the hospital, including radiology technicians, nursing assistants, respiratory technicians, ward clerks, pharmacy techs, maintenance and supply staff, and licensed practical nurses, gathered outside the hospital around 4 p.m.

"Workers with the hospital are standing together for a fair contract that allows them to provide quality care in East Liverpool and respects the dignity of their work," said Anthony Caldwell, Director of Public Affairs for SEIU District 1199. "All hospital workers deserve respect on the job and call on hospital executives and community leaders to bargain in good faith with the members of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH at East Liverpool City Hospital."

"Every job in this community should be a good-paying job with benefits that makes East Liverpool a better place to live, work and raise a family," continued Caldwell. "Unfortunately, profit-driven decisions by out-of-state corporations are putting local, family-sustaining jobs at greater risk, which could impact quality care."