- Associated Press - Monday, March 9, 2015

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A union representing registered nurses has begun bargaining with two Southern West Virginia hospitals.

National Nurses United representative Michelle Mahon tells The Register-Herald (https://bit.ly/1BkTFl8) that negotiations with Greenbrier Valley Medical Center began Feb. 27. Another session is scheduled Monday.

Negotiations with Bluefield Regional Medical Center began March 2. Another session is scheduled April 7 or April 8.

Mahon says nurses are concerned about nurse-to-patient ratios, turnover rates and other safety issues.

The National Labor Relations Board ordered the hospitals last December to recognize and bargain with the union.

Both hospitals are owned by Tennessee-based Community Health Systems.


Information from: The Register-Herald, https://www.register-herald.com

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