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Nurses at Vermont's largest medical center on strike

The Associated Press

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The head of the Vermont hospital whose nurses are on strike says hundreds of contingency nurses are working at the hospital.

University of Vermont Medical Center President Eileen Whalen said Thursday officials have received no reports of problems with patients, visitors or staff accessing the hospital. She says appointments for the vast majority of patients will not be affected.

The two-day strike by the 1,800 nurses at Vermont's largest medical center began at 7 a.m. Thursday. The strike is to last through 7 a.m. Saturday.

The union is seeking a 22 percent pay increase over three years. The Medical Center offered a 14 percent pay increase over three years.

The union maintained that higher wages are necessary to recruit and retain nurses and support staff and "address a crisis of understaffing."

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