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Legislators, hospital to brainstorm

Beeghly Oaks nursing home in Boardman may become a 50-bed hospital.
William K. Alcorn, Youngstown Vindicator, April 20, 2006

Youngstown - Area state and federal legislators will meet Tuesday with Forum Health executives to offer help to the financially troubled health care system and get an update on Forum's board of trustees' restructuring plan.

Besides area legislators, participants in the meeting, organized by US Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-17th, will include Dr. Keith Ghezzi, Forum's interim president and chief executive officer, the mayors of Warren and Youngstown, and the presidents of the Mahoning and Trumbull County boards of commissioners. ... Legislators

Fair deal

Compromise leads Akron General nurses back at work.
Akron Beacon Journal, June 30, 2004

It is no small relief to the public that the nurses' strike at Akron General Medical Center ended Monday. With a little give and a little take, the 11-day labor action was resolved to the satisfaction of both the employees and the hospital administration.

Nurses and the hospital are returning to a normal schedule of work. Fortunate as the Akron area is regarding access to health-care facilities and high-quality services, a strike of any duration still posed a risk for patient care. ... Fair

Akron General nurses OK three-year contract

Kylene Kiang, Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 29, 2004

The nurses union at Akron General Medical Center overwhelmingly ratified a three-year contract Monday, ending a 12-day strike for improved wages and health benefits.

The 650 union nurses will return to their shifts Wednesday.

"We felt the hospital made significant movement on all the key issues, and that's what negotiations are about," Professional Staff Nurses Association secretary Holly Klein said.

Each nurse will receive an annual 3 percent pay increase for three years, health benefits for spouses and a July bonus of up to $300. ... Akron

AGMC nurses approve contract

Strike ends at hospital by overwhelming vote; picketing turns to party.
Tracy Wheeler, Akron Beacon Journal, June 29, 2004

They cheered and whistled. They hugged and cried.

The strike was over.

“Overwhelming acceptance, guys,” union secretary Holly Klein shouted to about 100 striking nurses on the picket line Monday afternoon. “Absolutely overwhelming.”

With that, the 11-day nursing strike at Akron General Medical Center came to an end. The 650 members of the Professional Staff Nurses Association voted 4-to-1 to accept a tentative agreement reached over the weekend. ... AGMC

Akron General nurses accept contract

Akron Beacon Journal, June 28, 2004

An 11-day nursing strike at Akron General Medical Center came to an end this afternoon as the 650 members of the Professional Staff Nurses Association voted overwhelmingly to accept a tentative agreement reached over the weekend.

Some nurses will return to work as early as Wednesday, said Akron General CEO Alan Bleyer. First in line will be those who work in critical care units, operating rooms and the emergency department, all of which will be brought back up to capacity as quickly as possible. ... Akron

AGMC nurses meet today to vote on pact

Akron Beacon Journal, June 28, 2004

Nurses on strike from Akron General Medical Center will have ratification meetings and a vote today that could result in the acceptance of a new contract.

Holly Klein, secretary of the Professional Staff Nurses Association at Akron General, said meetings to discuss the proposed contract will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton in Fairlawn starting at 5 AM. ... AGMC

Akron nurses, hospital agree on deal to raise pay

Joan Mazzolini, Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 27, 2004

Striking nurses and Akron General Medical Center officials reached a tentative agreement Saturday to end the walkout that has caused patients to be diverted to other hospitals.

The nurses, who wanted pay raises and improved health care benefits, are scheduled to vote on the new contract Monday.

The two sides in the negotiations said in a statement released by the hospital that the new contract proposal included wage increases. ... Akron

AGMC, nurses agree on deal

Tentative contract said to have raises and other improvements.
Ratification vote likely Monday.
Andale Gross, Akron Beacon Journal, June 27, 2004

A tentative contract agreement was reached Saturday between Akron General Medical Center and nurses who went on strike June 17.

The two sides met until around midnight Friday and returned to the table Saturday afternoon. After talking about six hours Saturday, they reached an agreement.

Details were not given, but hospital and nurses union officials said they include wage increases and other contract improvements. ... AGMC

Nursing strike different this time around

Issues similar to '77 and '83 stoppages, but now nurses are in demand and interim jobs abound.
Tracy Wheeler, Akron Beacon Journal, June 26, 2004

In 1983, when the three-month strike by nurses at Akron General Medical Center finally ended, the mood was not one of celebration.

“Tears, bitter remarks and grim faces showed that the nurses ... had not won,” the Akron Beacon Journal reported on June 23, 1983.

Six years earlier, at the end of the city's first nursing strike, the scene was much different. ... Nursing

AGMC, striking nurses negotiate into night

Akron Beacon Journal, June 26, 2004

Contract talks between striking nurses and Akron General Medical Center officials continued into the night Friday.

The meeting scheduled for 3:30 PM began late, around 4:30. It was still going on as of 10 PM.

The nurses union - the Professional Staff Nurses Association, part of the Ohio Nurses Association - has cited wages, health care costs and pensions for new nurses as issues in rejecting the hospital's last contract offer. Nurses have also voiced concern over mandatory overtime and the lack of a registered nurse on the hospital's board of directors. ... AGMC

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