Uploaded: Monday, June 19, 2000 4:00
Nurses' union lowers its salary request
Striking nurses slashed their proposed salary increase by about 20 percent
this morning as their walkout at Stanford and Lucile Packard Children's
hospitals neared the end of its second week.
The union representing the 1,730 nurses, the Committee for Recognition
of Nursing Achievement, today proposed a 9.5 percent increase for the
first year of a two-year contract and 8 percent in the second year. The
union previously had requested 21.5 percent over two years.
The hospitals have offered 4 percent pay raises in each of two years.
Health benefit, staffing and other issues are also on the table.
Negotiations resumed this morning after a battle of media statements
following Friday's talks. The hospitals on Saturday released a statement
criticizing the union for allegedly telling reporters Friday that "talks
The statement went on to say, in part:
" . . . the hospitals continue to look for a rapid and fair resolution
that will keep our nurses' salaries among the highest in the Bay Area
while ensuring that nursing salaries do not impact our ability to focus
resources on our patients. It would be reckless for the hospitals to meet
CRONA's exorbitant salary demands."
CRONA responded with a statement today that alleged the hospitals "have
given the media some misleading numbers" about nurses' salaries.
"It appears the hospital is trying to break our union," the CRONA statement
continued. "In looking back over two months of stonewalling tactics, one
also has to ask if Stanford has been negotiating in good faith."
Hospital spokeswoman Melodie Jackson said before talks began today that
when bargaining ended Friday, "CRONA was in the process of putting together
a (new) package." That was the new salary request made at this morning's
"Hospital negotiators were waiting for their proposal," she added. Friday's
session was the first time the two sides had met with the mediator since
the strike began June 7.
Since the strike began June 7, the hospitals have been staffed by nursing
managers and about 500 replacement nurses.
Stanford Hospital today was operating at full, pre-strike occupancy and
Packard Hospital was at 80 percent of pre-strike occupancy.
Packard Hospital transferred some patients to other hospitals when the
strike began, and both hospitals postponed some elective surgeries and
elective admissions last week.