FORUM HEALTH STRIKE Nurses union to announce labor boycott

YOUNGSTOWN -- Striking Forum Health registered nurses say they believe most Mahoning Valley's labor unions will join them in labor boycott of the health-care provider set to begin Wednesday.
Members of the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association, a unit of the Ohio Nurses Association, have scheduled a press conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Teamsters Local 377 union hall to announce the boycott.
Evonne Woloshyn, a Forum spokeswoman, declined to comment on the plan.
Expected to join in: Jean Troutman-Poole, ONA spokeswoman, said local Teamsters, United Auto Workers and United Steelworkers of America are among those expected to join the nurses, and their leaders will speak at the press conference.
"In fact, the strategy was suggested to us by the other unions," Troutman-Poole said. "They are all very much behind us."
The ONA press release said union members will be asked to boycott Western Reserve Care System/Forum Health facilities. Troutman-Poole said she was not able to provide details on the boycott or specify which facilities would be affected.
Distributing food: Chris Colello, a Teamsters Local 377 official, said the union offered the YGDNA the use of its hall on Teamsters Drive for the press conference and for distribution of food donated for the striking nurses by the AFL-CIO. He said the food distribution will also be scheduled Wednesday.
The YGDNA, which represents 771 registered nurses, has been on strike since May 1. Pickets are posted at Northside Medical Center and Tod Children's Hospital in Youngstown and at Beeghly Medical Park in Boardman.
Forum also operates Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in Howland, the Elm Road Medical Park in Cortland and the Austintown Medical Center.

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