Sutter/CPMC agrees to a contract with its nurses in SF, clearing the path for its hospital deal
Ending a long and contentious labor impasse and setting the stage for the city to approve the pair of new hospitals that Sutter Health and its California Pacific Medical Center affiliate want to build
in San Francisco, the California Nurses Association today announced that it has reached a tentative contract agreement with the hospital corporations. ...
... “We are delighted to finally reach a contract deal. It's been six years of a very contentious relationship,” Eileen Prendiville, a registered nurse who works at CPMC's California Campus, told the Guardian. She said that the nurses are thrilled to have attained good job security and patient advocacy standards while ensuring St. Luke's stays open. “Working with a coalition of labor and community, we were successful at changing the face of healthcare in San Francisco.” ...
... In today's print edition of the Guardian, I cover the movement to value caregiving
in our uncaring economic system and the key role that CNA has played has in that growing movement
. In San Francisco, CNA has faced down lawsuits, lock-outs, and harsh union-busting tactics as it pushed for contracts with strong patient advocacy protections. ...
... For the first time, the RNs at both hospitals will be under one contract with equal job security and seniority rights. The pact includes safe patient handling provisions to stem patient falls and injuries to patients and nurses. Additionally it obligates the employer to provide for meal and rest breaks and stipulates that new technology not supplant RN professional judgment.
On economics, all the RNs will receive across the board pay increases of 6 percent over the next 34 months, as well as additional pay based on years of service in the San Francisco hospitals, at other Sutter facilities, and foreign nursing experience.
"We are delighted to finally reach a contract settlement with Sutter/CPMC,” said California Pacific campus RN Susan Blaschak RN. “Our contract provides for continued patient advocacy and will keep our professional nursing standards high for years to come.” ... http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2013/03...-hospital-deal