After Strike Cancellation, Calif. Nurses To Rally To Highlight Staffing Issues
On Thursday, thousands of nurses represented by the California Nurses Association plan to rally at hospitals and student health centers across the state to highlight staffing issues, the Sacramento Bee reports (Calvan, Sacramento Bee, 6/10).
Temporary Restraining Order
The rally announcement comes after a judge issued a temporary restraining order barring nearly 11,000 nurses at University of California medical centers from participating in a one-day strike scheduled for Thursday (AP/Ventura County Star, 6/9). The planned strike stemmed from nurses' concerns over low staffing levels.
On Tuesday, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Peter Busch ruled that the strike would be contrary to public interest and could violate state law. The California Public Employment Relations Board, which has authority over bargaining agreements for public employees, requested the order.
Although the restraining order pertains only to UC facilities, nurses who had planned to strike at Citrus Valley Medical Center in Covina and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in San Pedro also plan to rally instead of strike.
CNA officials said they are still in bargaining talks with officials from Marina del Rey Hospital (Hennessy-Fiske, "L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 6/9).
Minnesota Strike To Proceed as Planned
The California nurses' strike originally aimed to coincide with a walkout of about 12,000 nurses in Minnesota (Sacramento Bee, 6/10).The Minnesota nurses intend to proceed with their strike as planned on Thursday (AP/Ventura County Star, 6/9). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.