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Children's Hospital Nurses Begin 5-day Strike Thursday

At issue: health care benefits. Aaron Glantz, Bay Citizen, May 4, 2011 Hundreds of nurses are set to walk off the job at Children's Hospital Oakland Thursday morning, the second nurses' strike at the pediatric hospital in the last seven months. "The issues remain the same," said California Nurses Association spokeswoman Liz Jacobs, "drastic reductions in nurses' health care that the hospital could have settled." Jacobs said no talks are scheduled with hospital management between now and 7 AM Thursday morning, when more than 700 nurses represented by the union are to begin their five-day strike. ... Children

Children's Hospital Nurses To Strike Over Healthcare Changes - video

KTVU, May 4, 2011 Oakland - Registered nurses from Children's Hospital Oakland are preparing to go on strike on Thursday in protest of a proposed decrease in their employer-covered healthcare expenses. About 800 nurses plan to strike for five days because their employers recently presented them with a proposal that could cost nurses about $4,000 more each year to utilize healthcare for their families at Children's Hospital. "The managers' justification is that they need to cut costs," said Deborah Bayer, who has been a nurse at the hospital since 1987. "We asked management if the hospital was going to go broke, and they said, 'No, no,'" she said. ... Children

Children's Hospital Oakland RNs Preparing For Five-Day Strike

California Nurses Association, May 4, 2011 Registered nurses from Children's Hospital Oakland, preparing to go on strike May 5-10 over sharply reduced healthcare coverage for nurses and their families, will be making picket signs on Wednesday, May 4 and are available to the media for interviews during that time. "It didn't make sense for the hospital to spend over $1 million for a strike last fall rather than settling with the nurses, and it doesn't make sense now for the hospital to refuse to negotiate to avoid a second strike," said Martha Kuhl, an RN who works at the facility and who is on the nurse negotiating team. ... Children

Nurses at Children's Hospital Oakland plan five-day strike

Sandy Kleffman, Contra Costa Times, April 29, 2011 A union representing 750 registered nurses at Children's Hospital Oakland has announced it plans to strike for five days beginning next week. The hospital will bring in temporary nurses and remain open during the walkout, which is scheduled to start at 7 AM Thursday and end at 7 AM May 10. "It's unfortunate, but we are resilient, we are preparing, and we will take care of these kids," said Cynthia Chiarappa, vice president of communications for the hospital. Representatives of California Nurses Association-National Nurses United have tried to negotiate a new contract for nearly a year. Their previous agreement expired in July. ... Nurses

Last-ditch contract negotiations at Children's Hospital Oakland

San Francisco Chronicle, April 26, 2011 Registered nurses at Children's Hospital Oakland are in negotiations today with the hospital's management in hopes of averting a five-day strike scheduled for May 5-10. This would be the second walkout in the same negotiations cycle. The nurses held a three-day strike in October after talks stalled. The major sticking point has continued to be health care benefits, with the nurses objecting to a plan that would require them to pay more for family coverage. The hospital also has offered two less expensive options that would fully be paid for by the employer. Children's Hospital's 700 nurses registered nurses are represented by the California Nurses Association. The union members authorized a strike on Friday.

Five-day walkout at Children’s Hospital Oakland planned for May 5

Christopher Connelly, Oakland North, April 22, 2011 After nearly a year of contract negotiations, Children’s Hospital Oakland nurses and administrators are at an impasse over benefits and the nurses are now poised for a strike. They will go back to the bargaining table early next week, but if they don’t come closer to a compromise, they will stage a five-day walkout starting May 5. The strike would be their second in the same contract negotiation cycle; Children’s nurses staged a three-day strike last October. ... Five-day

Nurses at Children's Hospital Set Strike for May 5

Aaron Glantz, Bay Citizen, April 22, 2011 Registered nurses at Children’s Hospital Oakland are planning a five-day strike for May 5-10, the California Nurses Association announced Friday. This would be the second strike in the current bargaining cycle for the nurses who walked out for three days last October over company demands that they contribute 15 percent of their health insurance premiums. Hospital management says the health care takeaways are necessary "because of current economic realities and Children's Hospital Oakland's current financial situation." The decision by the California Nurses Association to set a strike date comes just two days after ... Nurses

Stanford nurses approve new contract

Diana Samuels, San Jose Mercury News, April 9, 2011 After more than a year of tense and occasionally testy negotiations with Stanford, nurses of the university's two hospitals finally have a new contract. Members of Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement, or CRONA, voted Thursday to ratify a tentative agreement reached by negotiators April 1. Union officials tallied the results Friday. According to the union's website, 76 percent of its 2,700 members voted for the three-year contract. Members who didn't vote were considered "no" votes as per union rules. ... Stanford

Kaiser nurses in LA walk out

Cindy Kaffen, Socialist Worker, March 7, 2011 Los Angeles - Nurses at Kaiser Permanente's Los Angeles Medical Center staged a 24-hour strike on March 2 to protest unfair labor practices at the hospital, including management's refusal to bargain in good faith, and to protect patient care standards at the hospital. The 1,100 registered nurses, members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), picketed all around the flagship Kaiser campus on March 2 - the first strike there in more than 20 years, and the first by any workers at any Kaiser facility since 1997. With hundreds of nurses on the picket line, chanting and carrying signs like "Patients Before Profits" ... Kaiser

Nurses walk out at Kaiser hospital in LA

Associated Press, March 2, 2011 Los Angeles - Nurses have staged a walkout at a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Los Angeles over a lack of progress in contract talks. The unionized nurses took the action Wednesday at Kaiser's Sunset Boulevard medical center in Hollywood. Union spokesman Leighton Woodhouse says at least 90 percent of the 1,100 nurses signed up for the walkout. However, Kaiser spokesman Jim Anderson says he doesn't know how many are actually on the picket line. The 24-hour strike protests what nurses say are refusals by Kaiser to address union staffing demands for the Sunset hospital, where the sickest patients are sent. They also accuse Kaiser of bargaining in bad faith during the past year. Kaiser says it continues to bargain in good faith.

Over 1,000 Nurses Strike at Kaiser LA Medical Center

They're demanding more adequate staff to meet patient needs. Lynette Romero, KTLA News, March 2, 2011 Los Angeles - Some 1,000 nurses went out on strike Wednesday outside Kaiser Permanente's Los Angeles Medical Center. Hundreds of registered nurses from Kaiser had already gathered as of 6 AM for the planned, 24-hour strike. The picket lines stretched all the way around the facility. Organizers say the nurses are protesting Kaiser's unfair labor practices and a failure to protect patient care standards. The nurses are asking the hospital to provide more adequate staff to meet patient demands. They say Kaiser is not meeting the staffing ratios necessary for safe and quality care. ... Over

Nurses Lead the Way!

Michael Berkowitz, Huffington Post, February 13, 2011 Far from the fear-mongering catch phrases of "Death Panels" and "Obama-Care," there is a bit of good news from the trenches of the battle for health care. The California Nurses Association, one of this country's very best labor organizations, has just signed off on a ground-breaking agreement with Kaiser Permanente, one of our very best health care providers. The use of the phrase "win-win" should always raise appropriate skepticism. But here's what happened: Ninety-nine percent of the 17,000 nurses of CNA/National Nurses United voted to approve a new three year contract with Kaiser. ... Nurses

Beverly Nurses Take First Step Toward Patient Safety

Nurses File for a Union Election to Join UNAC/UHCP in Order to Protect Patients. United Nurses Associations of California/UHCP, January 14, 2011 Montebello – Registered Nurses at the Beverly Hospital filed for an official union election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) this morning, as they seek to rectify long standing patient safety issues at the facility by joining the United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP). The next step for the NLRB is to set an election date, allowing more than 270 nurses in the bargaining unit to vote to join UNAC/UHCP, which currently represents more than 18,000 nurses ... Beverly

Kaiser, nurses union reach tentative deal

Bobby Caina Calvan, Sacramento Bee, January 12, 2011 Kaiser Permanente and the California Nurses Association have reached tentative agreement on a three-year contract for 17,000 registered nurses at 61 facilities throughout Northern and Central California. The nurses union announced the pact Tuesday but provided little detail. In a statement, the union said the pact includes "more than 20 important professional and economic enhancements, and significantly, no reductions in patient care protections or economic or professional practice standards." Ratification votes are expected to last a few weeks, according to the union. © Copyright The Sacramento Bee. All rights reserved.

California nurses union reaches tentative contract with Kaiser

Chris Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, January 11, 2011

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United and Kaiser Permanente have tentatively agreed to a new three-year contract, according to the Oakland-based union.

CNA, which represents more than 3,500 nurses in the Sacramento area, said the tentative deal includes “significant improvements” for 17,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in 21 Kaiser hospitals and 40 medical office buildings/clinics throughout Northern and central California.

Kaiser had no immediate comment.

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