10-day strike notice given to HHRC
by Nola Sizemore Staff Writer
Receiving their 10-day strike notice on Monday, Roger McGinnis, United Steel Workers (USW) local 14491-02 president, said the the notice was mailed on Thursday to the Harlan Health and Rehabilitation Center (HHRC).
“This notice is basically placing the company on notice,” said McGinnis. “By law you have to give health care agencies a 10-day strike notice to make preparations. It’s kind of to just give them a heads up of what the union is doing.”
McGinnis said if an agreement is not reached between the USW and the HHRC by midnight Oct. 31 then the employees, if they choose, will have an option to strike at that time.
“We do return to the table on Wednesday and the federal mediator is supposed to be there as well,” said McGinnis. “We’re going to do everything we can do to reach a fair agreement for these employees at the nursing home. Hopefully, we can do that at some point this week. If there are any changes to the proposal concerning medical or other things that are big issues on the table then, certainly, we will be meeting with the employees and, most likely, give them another opportunity to vote on the changes. Then, we’ll take it from there.”
Harlan Health and Rehabilitation Center Administrator Gail Hensley said she did receive a strike notice and they are scheduled to meet on Wednesday.
“We are hopeful we can come to an agreement,” said Hensley.
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