BANGOR — Unionized nurses at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor are ready to hold a second, one-day strike if negotiators can’t reach a contract agreement with hospital management.

Vanessa Sylvester of the Maine State Nurses Association says the vote is an example of the nurses’ commitment to patient safety.

More than 800 unionized nurses have been operating without a contract since the end of September.

One of the main areas of disagreement in the negotiations is nurse staffing levels.

The union says the hospital routinely understaffs the facility, putting patient safety at risk.

The Bangor Daily News says the hospital believes that nurse staffing levels are in line with national standards and that patients receive high-quality care. They say staffing decisions must be made by hospital administrators.

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