Dignity Health Nurses to Rally Over Pension Cuts

Nurses at 19 of San Francisco-based Dignity Health's hospitals will rally Friday over changes to retirement benefits, according to a Santa Maria Times report.

The rallies were organized by the California Nurses Association and the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Nevada. Dignity Health reportedly plans to reduce nurses' pension benefits by up to 30 percent.

According to Dignity Health, the system is making the pension changes using the Pension Protection Act of 2006 as a guide, and the changes reflect "current market conditions and increased life expectancies," the Santa Maria Times reported.

Rallies will be held at the following locations in California and Nevada, according to a CNA news release:

• Bakersfield (Calif.) Memorial Hospital
• Mercy Hospital Bakersfield (Calif.)
• Mercy San Juan Medical Center (Carmichael, Calif.)
• Glendale (Calif.) Memorial Hospital
• St. Rose Dominican – Siena (Las Vegas)
• St. Mary's Medical Center (Long Beach, Calif.)
• California Hospital Medical Center (Los Angeles)
• Mercy Medical Center Merced (Calif.)
• Mercy Medical Center (Redding)
• Sequoia Hospital (Redwood City)
• Mercy General Hospital (Sacramento)
• Methodist Hospital of Sacramento (Calif.)
• St. Bernadine's Medical Center (San Bernardino, Calif.)
• Community Hospital of San Bernardino (Calif.)
• St. Mary's Medical Center (San Francisco)
• French Hospital Medical Center (San Luis Obispo)
• Dominican Santa Cruz (Calif.)
• Marian Medical Center (Santa Maria, Calif.)
• St. Joseph Medical Center (Stockton, Calif.)

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