STANFORD: Hospitals Ratify First-Ever Union Contract
After 10 months of "often-contentious negotiations," 92% of patient care and service workers at Stanford University Hospital and Stanford's Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital voted last week to ratify their first-ever union contract. In addition to a 3% minimum salary increase, the two-year contract improves job security and establishes a union-management committee to resolve staffing, health, safety and training issues. In early September, 33 Stanford hospital workers were arrested for shutting down a Palo Alto intersection to protest the hospital's "unwillingness to improve pay" ( San Jose Mercury News, 11/7).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.