- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - Contract talks between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s hospital in Altoona and the union representing registered nurses resume Tuesday following a 10-day hiatus and a one-day strike.

Both sides tell The (Altoona) Mirror (http://bit.ly/1ckUgrK ) that they hope to reach accord.

Hospital spokesman Dave Cuzzolina said the 380-bed hospital about 85 miles east of Pittsburgh is approaching the talks as it has all others, “with the intention of bargaining in good faith and reaching an agreement.”

A union representative said nurses “are committed to achieving a contract.” Although nurses were warned at a rally last week to be ready to walk out again if no agreement is reached, the SEIU Healthcare PA representative says no strike notice has been issued.

The contract expired at the end of last year.

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Information from: Altoona Mirror, http://www.altoonamirror.com

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