ARH Tentative Contract Agreement

By: Michael Wooten & Paul Gessler Email
By: Michael Wooten & Paul Gessler Email

After three weeks on the picket lines, Appalachian Regional Healthcare and the United Steelworkers Union have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.

This affects about 2,400 employees.

Those workers will hear the details of the contract soon, and then they will vote it up or down.

ARH's chief negotiator says it is a balanced contract.

The company's President and CEO Jerry Haynes said in a news release, "Employee participation and involvement will be vital as ARH and the USW work together under this new contract."

Haynes continued to say, "We will all have to be united as ARH moves forward to operate our facilities and regain the confidence and trust of the communities we serve."

There is no immediate comment from the union.

ARH operates several hospitals and clinics across Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia, including hospitals in South Williamson, Beckley and McDowell, Ky.

We will continue to update this developing story as we get more information.

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