STANFORD: Talks Yield Little Progress in Nurses’ Strike
Union negotiators and hospital representatives met for more than seven hours yesterday to resolve the 41-day nurses' strike at two Stanford University hospitals, but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement ( San Francisco Chronicle, 7/18). The hospital already has agreed to improve health benefits and reduce mandatory overtime, but the nurses, represented by the Committee for the Recognition of Nursing Achievement, want a two-year contract with a 9.5% raise the first year and an 8% wage hike the second year. The hospital has offered a two-year contract with only a 4% raise each year. About 1,700 nurses walked off the job on June 7, one week after their previous contract had expired (San Francisco Chronicle, 7/17). Stanford has hired more than 500 replacement nurses to fill the void. Talks will resume Thursday (San Francisco Chronicle, 7/18).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.