YOUNGSTOWN -- Northside Hospital said this morning it is keeping replacement workers to "temporarily fill positions left vacant by nurses scheduled to work during the period of the strike who did not report for duty."
Northside Hospital nurses today received one of three letters -- an invitation to return to work, an notice to return in three days and a notice that does not include a return date -- following a one-day strike Tuesday and a ``selective lockout'' this morning.
The Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association said the letters without return dates mean the workers were fired.
The nurses went on a one-day strike and picketed the hospital Tuesday. The nurses who picketed while they were scheduled to work were stopped at the door when they attempted to return to their jobs this morning.
The union called the hospital's actions a ``selective lockout.'' Management said it is not a lockout.
Some nurses returned to work. Those who were not permitted back have restarted the picket line.
Updates will be posted here when available. Complete coverage will be in Thursday's Tribune Chronicle print edition.