Stanford Health Care, Lucile Packard reach labor deals, avert nurses' strike

Stanford (Calif.) Health Care and Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., have reached tentative contracts with their registered nurses, averting a strike, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The three-year collective bargaining agreements cover 3,700 nurses at Stanford and Lucile Packard, who are represented by the Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement.

A summary of the agreements says they include annual across-the-board wage increases of 3 percent over the life of the contracts, as well as a retention incentive payment and new certification payments for eligible nurses. They also reportedly include the maintenance of part-time nursing positions and continue a ban on changes to certain parts of the hospitals’ attendance and pre-approved vacation and education days policies.

Additionally, the contracts address safety and workplace violence, including allowing nurses who have been assaulted or threatened by a patient or member of the patient's family to request reassignment.

The agreements come weeks after nurses voted for the option to strike.

Union members are scheduled to vote on ratifying the agreements May 8.


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