EMMC Nurses Picket to Raise Awareness 

Unionized nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor are planning informational pickets to draw attention to negotiations for a new contract.The three year contract between the 850-nurses and the hospital expired at midnight. The provisions of that contract remain in effect. Vanessa Sylvester of the Maine State Nurses Association says a strike is not being discussed, but picketing is planned for October 11th to raise awareness. The union wants mandated staffing levels, but the hospital has rejected the idea of those requirements. More negotiations are planned later this month.