Hospitals and unions: 12 recent conflicts, agreements

Becker's Hospital Review reported on the following events related to hospital-union relationships — including contracts, protests and elections — since Jan. 26.

1. Baystate Franklin nurses set strike date: 5 things to know
Nurses at Greenfield, Mass.-based Baystate Franklin Medical Center plan to strike Feb. 28 if a contract dispute is not resolved, according to the Massachusetts Nurses Association.

2. Nurses at Los Robles Hospital get new labor deal
Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif., reached a contract agreement with nurses represented by Service Employees International Union Local 121RN.

3. Berkshire Medical Center nurses set strike date: 6 things to know
Nurses at Pittsfield, Mass.-based Berkshire Medical Center plan to strike Feb. 27 if a contract agreement is not reached with management, according to the Massachusetts Nurses Association.

4. Dignity Health workers plan nearly 30 protests in California
Healthcare workers at San Francisco-based Dignity Health plan to participate in nearly 30 protests across California beginning this month, according to the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West.

5. Protests scheduled at 32 Kaiser Permanente hospitals
Healthcare workers are set to protest beginning this month at 32 hospitals owned by Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente, according to the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West.

6. SEIU takes aim at high healthcare costs with California ballot propositions: 10 things to know
California's Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West filed 10 propositions to potentially be voted on in November aimed at lowering healthcare costs and improving patient care, according to a Politico

7. Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono, nurses reach labor deal
Nurses at East Stroudsburg, Pa.-based Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono reached a three-year contract agreement with management, according to a Pocono Record report.

8. University of California workers picket for new contract at hospital campuses statewide
Unionized University of California employees picketed outside UC San Diego Health's main hospitals in La Jolla and Hillcrest, and at various other UC locations throughout the state, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

9. Former Detroit Medical Center employee claims firing was retaliation for union activities
Detroit Medical Center union officer Donna Stern alleges she was fired last month in retaliation for her involvement in contract negotiations.

10. Sodexo employees at Tenet hospital in California set to strike
Sodexo workers at Fountain Valley (Calif.) Regional Hospital and Medical Center — a member of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare — revealed plans to strike amid efforts for a labor deal.

11. UPMC McKeesport nurses vote down SEIU decertification: 6 things to know
Service Employees International Union will continue representing nurses at UPMC McKeesport (Pa.) after an attempt to decertify the union was unsuccessful, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report.

12. St. Mary's Medical Center nurses picket over staffing, patient care
At least 100 nurses picketed at Dignity Health's St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco amid concerns about staffing, according to the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United.



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