Rhode Island

RI Hospital, Union Leaders Reach Possible Deal on New Contract

Rhode Island's largest hospital system has reached a deal for a new contract with unionized nurses and health care workers.

Lifespan and Local 5098 of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals announced late Friday they've reached a tentative deal on a new, five-year contract.

The two sides say they'll provide more details about the agreement before the labor union's 2,400 members vote on the proposal Wednesday.

The announcement could end a protracted contract battle that resulted in a weeklong worker's strike in late July, though union members voted down a previous deal.

Lifespan operates Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, which is the state's largest, as well as other health care institutions.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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