- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A Santa Fe hospital says face-to-face contract talks with a union representing nurses and medical technicians are over because there’s an impasse on a key issue.

The Santa Fe New Mexican (https://bit.ly/1qwXzBY ) reports that administrators at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center told the union in an email Friday that there’s an impasse on staffing.

The hospital said it will continue to communicate with the union through email, phone and fax but that it’s considering legal options to unilaterally implement parts of the hospital’s latest contract proposal.

President Fonda Osborn of New Mexico District 1199 of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees says the hospital’s move is frustrating and disappointing.

The contract between the union and the hospital expired July 31.

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