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In brief: Hospital workers set strike date

Nurses and health care workers at Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital plan to strike for one day beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11.

Hospital managers say the two facilities are “fully prepared to ensure patient care will continue without interruption, and access will remain unobstructed at all facilities.”

The sides have been unable to negotiate a new contract since December 2008, and Service Employees International Union 1199NW has accused hospital owner Community Health Systems Inc. of unfair labor practices.

Hospital managers call the strike a “disappointing development” in the wake of recent bargaining sessions.

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