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Mediator To Attend Hospital-Union Talks

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ A federal mediator is set to attend contract talks to help find common ground in stalled negotiations between Lawrence and Memorial Hospital and nurses and technicians.

The Day of New London reports that about 150 to 250 replacement nurses and technicians are on the job and the New London hospital is seeking more.

The hospital locked out the workers after their four-day strike ended on Saturday. Hospital President Bruce Cummings said union leaders have threatened intermittent strikes.

Matt O’Connor, spokesman for AFT Connecticut, said the union is focused on ending the lockout and getting the nurses back to work.

At the center of the dispute is the hospital’s transfer of workers that the union says undermines job security. The hospital wants the flexibility of moving some outpatient services to physicians’ offices.
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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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