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Nurses, staff go on strike at Ohio hospital

Posted at 5:49 AM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 05:49:07-04

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Nurses and technicians and support staff at an Ohio hospital are on strike after an agreement was not reached with management on issues including overtime policies and health care costs.

More than 2,000 health-care workers at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo went on strike shortly after 4 p.m. Monday. Nurses, paramedics, physical therapists and custodians are among those on strike. They're represented by the United Auto Workers.

The hospital is one of the largest in Toledo.

St. Vincent President Jeff Dempsey declined to discuss the hospital's plans to replace workers on strike but told The Blade that the hospital was prepared to handle a walkout.

Mercy Health said last week that it made a generous contract proposal that includes wage increases.