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UAW says ending strike was move to save jobs

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Published: Jun. 13, 2019 at 4:24 PM EDT
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The union representing nurses that had been on strike from St. Vincent Medical Center for more than a month is saying they sent members back to work in order to save their jobs.

In a video posted to Facebook, Director Rich Rankin claims that Mercy Health was going to begin replacing nurses Friday at 5 p.m.

"We felt that getting the striking nurses back into the hospital to go to work would be the best way to protect their jobs and protect them from being permanently replaced."

When the deal was announced yesterday, Mercy Health issued a statement saying it was the same contract the hospital had offered in the past.

Rankin says that wasn't true. "There have been several changes that we believe made significant improvement to some of the language needed to get people back to work."

There apparently was some sort of miscommunication with the Local 2213 bargaining committee as well, with Rankin saying the group had been shown the changes prior to meeting with the rest of the union, and had agreed to support the tentative contract.

Update from Director Rankin for striking nurses at UAW Local 2213.

Posted by UAW Region 2B on Thursday, June 13, 2019

When asked for comment, Mercy Health provided this statement:

Rankin also advised nurses to return to work when contacted by a manager, saying they would be covered by the current bargaining agreement.

The union has also added a third information meeting on Friday at 8 p.m. to go with the two Saturday meetings at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.