BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- More than 800 unionized nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center are prepared to walk the picket line on November 22.
Leaders of the local chapter of the Maine State Nurses Association officially notified hospital administrators of their member's intent to strike that day. This comes after the union recently rejected their most recent contract offer from Eastern Maine Medical last Friday. In all, unionized nurses at the hospital have been working without a contract since the end of September.
Union leaders say they're still having difficulties in reaching an agreement on a new contract with leaders at E.M.M.C. Both sides say the points of contention still include healthcare benefits and staffing levels for nurses at the hospital.
Leaders at E.M.M.C. say that they have already entered into an agreement with a temp agency to bring in nurses if the strike takes place. However, they add that given the cost that comes with it, that staff would wind up working at the hospital for three days. The striking nurses would in turn be locked out of working for those three days.