Uploaded: Friday, June 2, 2000 12 PM
Hospitals prepare for nurses' strike
Stanford and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital are preparing to use
contract agency nurses should their own nurses go on strike Wednesday
The Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement
(CRONA), the nurses' union, released a statement today saying it had learned
Stanford and Packard hospitals will contract with U.S. Nursing Corp. to
provide nurses in the event of a strike.
Mike Goodkind confirmed that the hospitals had made contingency plans
to use U.S. Nursing Corp. should a strike occur. , "We have contingency
plans to keep the hospital(s) functioning at full capacity," Goodkind
said. "We regularly use nursing agencies when we require staffing at short
The CRONA statement said the U.S. Nursing Corp. is
"a nursing agency specializing in supplying nurses who will cross picket
lines." CRONA said that 500 nurses, who will work 12-hour shifts seven
days a week, have been contracted to work at the two hospitals. The two
hospitals employ about 1,700 nurses.
CRONA voted overwhelming
May 26 to issue a strike notice to the hospitals.
The two sides
are far apart on salary issues. The hospitals are offering pay raises
of 3 percent for each year of a two-year contract.
asking for a 14.2 percent pay raise the first year and cost-of-living
plus 8 percent the second year.
Earlier this week, CRONA had picket signs printed.