WARREN - One day after negotiations between nurses and hospital management at Northside Medical Center stalled without a new labor contract, nurses Thursday announced they are planning a one-day, unfair labor practice strike Sept. 24.
The Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association/Ohio Nurses Association moved on the notice, despite some progress made in Wednesday's bargaining session, noting the talks ''failed to produce an agreement on issues that could affect quality patient care,'' according to a news release.
The release, however, did not provide details about unfair labor practices.
Eric Williams, president of YGDNA, said five or six labor practices have been filed against Northside, but he declined to discuss specifics because the matters are before a labor board.
The strike ''would be part of ongoing efforts to highlight the issues'' that still divide the sides, matters nurses are concerned will hurt patient care and clinical operations, the release states.
''No one wants to go on strike, but we will take whatever steps are necessary to maintain the high standard of care for which Northside is known,'' said Williams, who's calling on hospital management to move beyond a ''take-it-or-leave it approach.''
Hospital spokeswoman Trish Hrina said the hospital will be prepared to maintain all services and a ''commitment to safe, high-quality patient care will continue without interruption.''
A strike and pickets, Hrina said, will not change the hospital position in bargaining.
''Our final offer to the ONA mirrors the wage increases, comprehensive benefits and low volume staffing terms overwhelmingly approved by five other ValleyCare bargaining units, including another unit represented by the ONA,'' Hrina said.
About 430 nurses represented by YGDNA/ONA have been working for more than a year without a labor agreement. Union members on Aug. 6 defeated what's been called by the hospital a ''final offer'' and instead gave the OK to strike.
The two sides negotiated for more than four hours Wednesday. It was the first attempt to work out terms of a new contract since the union last month defeated what the hospital termed its "final offer."
Neither side released details about the bargaining session.