Contract dispute between Memorial, nurses hits more hitches

Erin Snelgrove, Yakima Herald-Republic, August 23, 2011 Yakima - The ongoing contract dispute between Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and its nurses has hit new snags with administrators declaring a legal impasse and nurses filing an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board. "Our goal is to help them understand how serious this is for us," said Chris Barton of Renton, a registered nurse and secretary-treasurer with Service Employees International Union 1199 NW. "We want to bargain in good faith and reach an agreement. I'm pretty shocked at the lengths they've gone to now say, 'We're done.' " ... Contract