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Sat. 5:32pm: Northside nurses hold informational picket (photo)

September 7, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

YOUNGSTOWN - Northside Medical Center nurses would not allow their voices to be silenced this afternoon when more than 100 shouted out their disapproval to a proposal in their next contract that they say would not allow them to object to a patient's care.

"We are here today to garner public support for safe nursing care," Eric Williams, president of the Youngstown General Duty Nurse's Association, said.

Trish Hrina, a spokeswoman with Valleycare Health Systems, on Saturday afternoon reported that Northside Medical Center operated as usual during the informational picketing by the nurses outside of the hospital.

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"The Ohio Nurses Association at Northside is the only bargaining unit within ValleyCare that has not reached agreement on a new contract even though it has been offered proposals for wages, comprehensive benefits and low volume staffing that mirror the agreements overwhelming ratified by all of the other bargaining units over the past nine months," Hrina noted in an email.

The union will meet with members of the hospital's negotiation team on Wednesday. The hospital is seeking to negotiate an eight month contract.

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