Appalachian Regional Healthcare and United Steelworkers Reach Tentative Contract Agreement
After several weeks of continued negotiations, Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) and the United Steelworkers (USW) reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement late Tuesday afternoon.
Details of the agreement will be kept confidential until the approximately 2,200 employees in Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia represented by the USW and covered under the contract, have the opportunity to vote on the new proposal. These employees work in a variety of areas and occupations, including clerical, housekeeping, maintenance, dietary, licensed practical nurses, certified nurse aids, and some technical employees. Doctors and registered nurses are not part of the USW.
“ARH and the USW worked through some very difficult issues to reach this tentative agreement, which demonstrates our mutual commitment to our patients and employees,” said Julius Pearson, ARH system director of employee and labor relations. “This tentative agreement reflects compromises by both parties which were made in the long-term best interests of all stakeholders including the communities we serve, and all employees who support the mission and the organization.”
About Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH)
Appalachian Regional Healthcare is a not-for-profit health system serving 350,000 residents across Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia. Operating 10 hospitals, multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, HomeCare Stores and retail pharmacies, ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia.
The ARH system employs nearly 5,000 people and has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members representing various specialties. Firmly committed to its mission of improving the health and promoting the well-being of all people in Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia, in the past 12 months alone, ARH provided nearly $138 million in uncompensated care for the uninsured and underinsured.