- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The union that represents Rhode Island Hospital nurses has rejected the latest contract proposal from management.

The president of United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5098 announced the membership voted down the offer at a Tuesday meeting.

The union represents 2,300 health professionals at the hospital. Its contract with Lifespan hospital system expired June 30.

The hospital and union leadership worked with a federal mediator to reach a tentative agreement, but it was not embraced by union members.

Union spokesman Ray Sullivan declined to discuss the terms of the proposed three-year contract.

Hospital officials say they believe the contract included an extremely fair wage and benefits package.

Officials say they’re “disappointed” the union chose not to ratify the proposal despite its endorsement by leadership.

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