EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WYTV) – Nurses at East Liverpool City Hospital have turned down another contract offer.
Details on the vote were not available Thursday night.
Last month, nurses had issued a 10-day strike notice, which forced the hospital to halt admissions and adjust patient services. The nurses rescinded the strike notice on May 30 and negotiations resumed.
Hospital spokesperson Brian Allen said rejection of the offer prevents a planned merger with Humility of Mary Health Partners. He also said the latest offer was comparable to health care facilities throughout the region.
“Administrators of River Valley Health Partners East Liverpool City Hospital are disappointed to learn that the latest contract offer was rejected by the East Liverpool Nurses Association. The administration of ELCH offered a fair and competitive contract to the nurses, which compared favorably to health care facilities throughout the region. As anticipated, the rejection of the latest offer prevents the merger with Humility of Mary Health Partners. ELCH will now explore all options that will ensure access to care for our community,” Allen said in an emailed statement.
The East Liverpool Nurses Association has 133 members.