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UPMC, nurses union resume contract talks in Altoona

By: WJAC Web Staff and The Associated Press

ALTOONA, Pa. -- Contract talks between UPMC Altoona officials and its unionized nurses have resumed, one week following the nurses' one-day unfair labor practice strike.

Talks resumed Tuesday following a 10-day break surrounding the strike.

Registered nurses at the hospital are represented by SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania and maintain hospital officials have walked away from contract talks twice, leading to them to call the one-day strike on Feb. 11.

Hospital officials said their best and final offer has been on the table. The nurses maintain the offer from the health care giant would cause problems with staffing and nurse-to-patient ratios.

As both sides returned to the bargaining table Tuesday, with leaders agreeing their goal is to continue good-faith negotiating and working out a fair contract deal.

Following last week's strike, union leaders threatened another walkout if a contract was not reached, but another strike notice by the nurses has not been filed.

Following the one-day strike, nurses boarded buses to rally at UPMC headquarters in Pittsburgh in protest against the contract offer.

The nurses' contract expired at the end of last year.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times