Uploaded: Monday, June 26, 2000 2:30
Nurses, hospitals at an impasse
Stanford hospital nurses took their labor dispute to the streets of Palo
Alto today, carrying picket signs on a two-mile march after talks with
negotiators ended Friday with no new sessions scheduled.
Kim Griffin, spokeswoman for
the Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement, said this morning
that the union is ready to resume talks if the hospitals are willing,
but she didn't sound optimistic.
Griffin said the union was
told that "there will be no more money offered" beyond the 8 percent in
pay raises the hospitals have offered over two years. CRONA is asking
for 17.5 percent pay raises over two years.
The 8 percent offer
is unacceptable to the union, Griffin said. "Our nurses want cost-of-living
(increases) plus a raise," she said.
Hospital spokesman Ben
Drew said this morning that "Stanford and Packard (hospitals) are looking
forward to resuming the talks."
The union's 1,730 nurses went
on strike June 7. Contract negotiations with a federal mediator resumed
June 16, and sessions were held every day last week.
sides are negotiating salary levels, health benefits, staffing and other
Stanford and Lucile Packard Children's hospitals have
hired some 500 replacement nurses, who are working alongside nurses managers.
This morning, about 200 nurses marched from the old Hoover Pavilion
to St. Albert the Great Catholic Church on Channing Avenue.