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Nurse Union's Pact Set to Expire as Negotiations Resume

BANGOR, Maine - A Maine hospital and nursing union are negotiating about a contract that is set to expire.

The Maine State Nurses Association, National Nurses Organizing Committee and National Nurses United contract with Eastern Maine Medical Center expires on Thursday. Bargaining teams representing the union and the hospital are resuming negotiations that have stalled in recent meetings.

The hospital says staffing ratios and compensation are the biggest issues remaining on the table.

The two sides extended the contract in mid-June when it was about to expire. A hospital spokesman has said the contract could potentially be extended again if no deal is reached.