NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ A federal mediator is scheduled to participate in contract talks between Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and a union representing registered nurses.

The Day of New London reports ( ) that talks between the New London hospital and representatives of about 800 registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and technicians are scheduled for more negotiations Tuesday.

Workers could go on strike Wednesday if an agreement is not reached.

The hospital says it has brought in replacement nurses and technicians for orientation and that striking workers would be locked out until a contract is negotiated.

AFT Connecticut union local President Lisa D’Abrosca says the union is trying to prevent the hospital from transferring union jobs to what it considers nonunion affiliates.

O’Farrell said the union is demanding 100 percent job security, which he says is not possible.

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