Uploaded: Tuesday, June 7, 2000 10 AM
Stanford nurses go on strike
Shortly after 7 a.m. today, night shift nurses walked out of the main
entrance to Stanford Hospital to the cheers and applause of hundreds of
After negotiating until 12:40 a.m., contract talks ended for now, and
about 1,730 nurses at Stanford and Lucile Packard Children's hospitals
went on strike.
The two sides are far apart on salary proposals, with the union asking
for 21.5 percent in pay raises over two years and the hospitals offering
The hospitals have hired replacement nurses from a Denver-based nursing
agency, U.S. Nursing Corp.
Inside the hospital, physicians and administrators could be seen huddling
in both Stanford and Packard hospitals, making arrangements to continue
with hospital operations. Information tables for replacement nurses were
set up in the main hospital's first-floor cafeteria.
There was no immediate word when negotiations will resume between the
hospitals and the Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement, the
This is the second strike by CRONA. The first was in 1974 and lasted
for several days.
Health care benefits and staffing issues, along with salary, also are