Registered nurses reach labor agreement with 10 Florida hospitals

Barbara Peters Smith, Sarasota Herald Tribune, May 7, 2012 After negotiations lasting more than a year, registered nurses have reached a first-ever collective bargaining agreement with 10 Florida hospitals that are part of Hospital Corporation of America, including Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Blake Medical Center in Bradenton and Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte. The new deal affects some 3,100 Florida registered nurses affiliated with the California-based union National Nurses United. It comes when, as the state emerges from a deep recession, nurses’ bargaining power is bolstered by a potential for shortages ... Registered