Negotiations between registered nurses and representatives for three Prince George's County health facilities broke down yesterday morning when the two sides failed to make any progress on wage proposals.
The stalemate puts the local chapter ond Nurses Association a step closer to a possible strike. Earlier this week, the bargaining unit that represennce George's General Hospital, Greater Laurel-Beltsville Hospital and the Bowie Health Center announced its in 26 if an agreement is not reached. The contract expired Monday.
Kenneth V. Duncan, vice president of the nspital and Health Systems Inc., which runs the three facilities, said the nurses did not like the management proposal offered earlier in the week, but failed to make a counteroffer.
According to Duncan, the current package offered includage 3.3 percent pay increase. It eliminates automatic 4 percent step increases and proposes instead a system o
The nurses rejected that offer for a second time yesterday. They are asking for an 11.5 percent pay increacorporation are bargaining negatively," said union President Carolyn Larkin. She said the corporation's offer gives the nurses len the expired contract.
"We would be available for further discussion at such time that management proposests new money," Larkin said yesterday.
Duncan said yesterday that the cost of the nurses' demands are "out oxpected this to be a tough year for the new corporation because hospital revenues already have begun to drop blast year's levels.
A federal mediator spoke to negotiators on both sides yesterday after the bargaining sesions are expected to resume Monday.