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RNs, Hospital Ready to Talk Again

Both primed for resumption of negotiations.

ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY - Registered nurses and UPMC Altoona will meet tomorrow for the first time since talks broke off a little over a week ago.

Nurses held a one-day strike Tuesday, February 11,  and the hospital declined to put all of them back on the floors until Saturday February 15.

A hospital spokesman says UPMC is looking forward to resuming negotiations, while a representative for the SEIU, the nurses' union,  says they're eager to get back to the table and are committed to getting a contract.

The nurses say staffing and benefits are the main issues. UPMC Altoona contends the RN's compensation is the major sticking point.


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