Hospital workers give notice of possible strike

October 21, 2021 GMT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Maintenance and service union workers at a West Virginia hospital have given notice that they intend to strike if a new contract isn’t reached soon.

The Service Employees International Union voted Wednesday in favor of giving a 10-day strike notice to Cabell Huntington Hospital, news outlets reported.

Union officials said in a statement that “workers are fighting for quality care, safe staffing, wages that allow them to provide for their families and health insurance coverage.”

The contract expires after Nov. 2, said Cabell Huntington Human Resources Director Molly Frick.

“In the meantime, the hospital is committed to continuing good faith negotiations in order to reach a fair and equitable agreement,” she said.

Cabell Huntington Hospital is one of the largest employers in Huntington.