<What do you think of nurses unions turning down a 20% pay raise? >
Id think there was a very good reason. The article clearly shows those reasons the nurses could not accept the offer: accepting that contract for the the "20% raise" would also force the nurses to give up their bargaining leverage in all future negotiations by limiting their right to strike. In addition, its not an offer of a REAL 20% raise - its a 14% raise and the nurses are proposing 19%, so this offer doesnt come close to meeting their needs. The hospital is including the amount it spends on health care to give them & the public the false impression
that its a 20% raise:
"Nurses said the 39-month contract offer of a 20 percent pay increase-6 percent in each of the first three years, 2 percent in the final three months-was unacceptable.
Under the offer, nurses' contracts would expire Dec. 31, 2004, meaning they could not launch a strike during the holidays, as they have this year.
"They didn't change their offer at all, except to lengthen the term of the contract," said Kathleen Sheridan, a negotiator for the Oregon Nurses Association, which represents 1,500 OHSU nurses. "They're trying to push the contract ahead so the nurses will be striking at other times-not Christmas."
nurses are demanding a nearly 19 percent wage increase over two years and improved health insurance options. OHSU has said it will not offer more than a 14 percent wage increase.
OHSU's latest offer also included a $30-per-month increase in insurance for full-time nurses.
"This is nothing," Sheridan said later Friday after a 12-hour mediation session, the third that has been held with the two sides. "They didn't come anywhere near what the nurses were asking for."
I agree with the nurses & would have turned it down too.