(Providence, RI) -- Rhode Island Hospital's ownership Lifespan and the union representing the hospital's nurses are reaching an agreement on a new contract. The tentative five-year deal was announced by both sides on Friday night, with a vote by the union's members scheduled for Wednesday. United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5098 president Frank Sims said in a statement that after months of bargaining, the union for Rhode Island and Hasbro hospitals, which represents 24-hundred nurses and other personnel, had finally gotten a fair and competitive agreement. The contract dispute had resulted in a three-day strike and a one-day lockout last month.
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