Described as "cordial," the first bargaining session in two months ended without a breakthrough for Berkshire Medical Center and its registered nurses.

The Berkshire Eagle reports the two sides now plan to resume work on a contract in late May, after nurses hold at least one rally.

Michael Leary, the hospital's spokesman, said talks Wednesday ended with an agreement to return to negotiations May 18, and again May 25, if needed.

Both parties offered goodwill gestures. Leary said the tone during the day was cordial."