Mercy Health, Ohio nurses reach tentative deal to end strike

Mercy Health and the union representing nurses at St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, have reached a tentative agreement, the United Auto Workers announced June 12.

The agreement, which covers about 950 nurses, addresses "quality-of-life issues," as well as other major concerns raised by nurses, the union said in a news release.

The deal ends the union's strike at St. Vincent. Union representatives said they also made an unconditional offer to return to work on behalf of workers who went on strike. The union is expected to hold a ratification vote on the agreement soon, according to The Blade.

Unionized technical workers, support staff and nurses at St. Vincent struck May 6 over staffing issues, on-call policies and healthcare costs. Technical workers and support staff voted June 2 to end their strike against the hospital, but nurses continued.

In a statement obtained by The Blade, St Vincent said it is pleased nurses have ended their strike and are recommending the tentative agreement to union members.

Details of the agreement have not been released.


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