RNs are ready to strike Oct. 30 over lack healthcare worker safety equipment

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    Calif.Nurse Assn. will strike 39 hospitals over swine flu safety..... http://www.peoplesworld.org/nurses-r...ne-flu-safety/

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    RNs: Strike Plan Forces Overdue Release Of Masks, Hospitals Have No More Excuses To Improve H1N1 Standards
    This week's announcement of a major nurses strike over inadequate hospital protections for the H1N1 pandemic has prompted California officials to finally release millions of safety masks it had been holding, and removes one more excuse for hospitals in meeting the highest public safety protections, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC) said today.

    Earlier today Gov. Schwarzenegger made what CNA/NNOC executive director Rose Ann DeMoro called "a long overdue" decision to release half of the state's huge stockpile of 51 million N95 masks. ...

    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/168462.php
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    tentative deal between nurses and catholic healthcare west

    sacramento

    november 2, 2009 9:18am

    catholic healthcare west, the largest not-for-profit hospital system in california and which operates hospitals throughout the central valley, says it has reached agreements with the california nurses association on two new contracts and the extension of a third.

    the agreements cover approximately 12,000 nurses at 28 chw facilities in northern and southern california and four facilities in nevada.

    the tentative agreements include a new master contract with standard wage/benefit packages for covered nurses at chw's california facilities; the first cna contract for chw's st. rose dominican hospitals in southern nevada; and the extension of the saint mary's regional medical center, reno contract with the cna. they also include a collaborative agreement covering measures to limit and treat h1n1 influenza across the chw system….

    …the two new contracts, if ratified, would include wage increases of 20 percent over four years. they also cover measures chw has in place to prepare for and respond to the h1n1 pandemic and future health contagions at its facilities including information and training as well as the provision of personal protective equipment, including n95 respirator masks and clothing….

    http://www.centralvalleybusinesstime.../001/?id=13490


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