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Talks rejected, Vegas nurses near strike

Associated Press, December 3, 2006 Las Vegas - A union representing 800 nurses edged closer to a strike Sunday when one of the nation's largest hospital companies rejected a call for a new round of contract negotiations. Union officials were meeting Sunday night to determine their next course of action, said Chris Coil, spokesman for the Service Employees International Union. Nurses at Valley and Desert Springs hospitals had been scheduled to go on strike Monday morning. "A strike could cripple the delivery of medical care critical to the lives and well-being of thousands of southern Nevadans," said Gov.-elect Jim Gibbons, who urged another round of negotiations to try to break the impasse. ... Talks

Nurses Strikes Looming At Two Las Vegas Hospitals

KRNV, November 30, 2006 More than 800 nurses from two Las Vegas hospitals are threatening to go on strike over a contract dispute. Nurses and technicians at Valley and Desert Springs hospitals have given management a Monday deadline for a deal. A strike would be a first for nurses in Las Vegas. Union leaders says Universal Health, the company that owns the hospitals, has been short staffing its facilities and driving nurses and technicians out of the industry. Management executives deny the accusations and say the strike would not effect their ability to care for patients. ... Nurses

Strike looms as nurses, Valley Health halt talks

Jennifer Robison, Las Vegas Review Journal, November 28, 2006 Negotiators pulled the plug Monday on contract talks between the Service Employees International Union and the Valley Health System, with representatives declining concessions that could breathe life into a new labor agreement for nurses at two local hospitals. The breakdown in talks sets the stage for a strike involving 800 nurses to begin Monday at Valley Health's Valley and Desert Springs hospitals. ... Strike

Nurse strike looming after contract talks stall

KVBC, November 28, 2006 Nurses at two local hospitals are preparing to walk off the job. Contract talks between a local nurses union and the company that runs the hospitals have stalled, and we may see our first nurses strike ever. Management at Valley Hospital is already getting ready for a walk out. They have begun putting up privacy fences around the parking lot in anticipation of picketing and a walk out. The union and management from Universal Health Services went back to the bargaining table Monday afternoon, but things fell apart quickly. ... Nurse

Elko nurses join Service Employees International Union

Associated Press, November 23, 2006 Elko - Nurses at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital have voted overwhelming for representation by the Service Employees International Union. The SEIU replaces the Operating Engineers as the bargaining unit for nurses at the Elko hospital. A previous bargaining agreement expired at the end of last year. The nurses approved the bargaining unit 60-9 in a vote taken Nov. 3. Nurses said they hope contract negotiations will emphasize patient safety and reduce the number of traveling employees used to fill shortages. ... Elko

Staffing ratios still a sore spot for nurses

Cristina Rodriguez, In Business Las Vegas, May 26, 2006

A nurse rushes from patient to patient, unable to take five-minute restroom breaks or do routine tasks. Health care suffers, and so does recruitment into the industry.

Ironically, the scenario is described by both supporters and opponents of the hottest issue in Las Vegas nurses' negotiations: mandatory staffing ratios for hospitals.

"There have been days where we're not able to turn the patients every two hours, days when attending to ICU patients' urinary output every hour is like a joke for us," said Desert Springs ICU nurse Jeanine Austin, among picketers last week in front of the hospital. ... Staffing

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