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Workers authorize strike at Mercy Hospital

Posted at 9:20 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 07:35:19-04

Members of CWA Local 1133 have voted to authorize a strike at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. 96 percent of workers who voted chose to authorize the measure. While the vote gives the union the authority to call a strike, it does not necessarily mean that a strike will take place. 

The next bargaining session between the union and Mercy Hospital is scheduled for Thursday. 

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo released a statement that read in part: "We see a strike as a measure of last resort, when all methods of good faith bargaining have been exhausted. That is not the case here and we remain ready and willing to work with the union to come to a mutual agreement on all outstanding issues when they are willing the same."

Registered nurses, technologists, service and clerical workers maintain that system wide problems with the hospital remain unresolved. 

7 Eyewitness News will continue to follow this developing story and will have the very latest as soon as information becomes available.