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HAZARD, Ky. (AP) -- Appalachian Regional Healthcare says it has reached a tentative labor contract with workers at facilities in eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia.

Julius Pearson, who is director of employment and labor relations at ARH, told WYMT that ARH and the United Steelworkers reached the proposed agreement on Tuesday, but workers still need to vote on it.

Details of the agreement weren't released because they are preliminary, but a main sticking point had been health benefits.

The United Steelworkers represents around 2,000 workers at ARH facilities including licensed practical nurses, certified nurse aids, and clerical, maintenance and housekeeping staff.

The union has issued a notice to strike if an agreement wasn't reached by the time the current contract expires on March 31.

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