Des Plaines nurses on strike at psychiatric hospital

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Tuesday is day two of a nurses strike at a northwest suburban psychiatric hospital.

The strike started outside Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines and could last for five days.

The nurses’ union accuses the hospital of unfair labor practices that include contract negotiations over staff shortages, salaries, and benefits.

But Maryville officials reject claims that say the hospital is unwilling to negotiate.

They say the hospital has reached 30 or so tentative agreements with nurses over the course of negotiations.

Maryville executive director, Sister Catherine Ryan, said the hospital cannot afford the union’s demands for salaries and added staffing.

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