- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) - Nurses at the Heritage Valley Beaver hospital in western Pennsylvania have rejected management’s latest contract offer and plan to strike for three days later this month.

The hospital’s 500 nurses went on strike for one day, July 19, after negotiations earlier that month also failed to yield a new contract.

The Service Employees International Union Healthcare Pennsylvania union is upset because the hospital wants to raise health care premiums for nurses. Similar moves by companies have been spurred by the federal Affordable Care Act.

But the union says the hospital is profitable and shouldn’t put the extra costs on them and they’ll strike beginning Aug. 23.

The hospital has said the health coverage was fair and that nurses can get “100 percent coverage” if they use the health system’s facilities.

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