Uploaded: Wednesday, June 28, 2000 2:30
Stanford hospitals decline to resume strike talks
by Don Kazak
Hospital negotiators declined a request by the nurses' union to resume
talks today as the strike by 1,730 Stanford and Lucile Packard Children's
hospital nurses entered its fourth week.
The hospitals and nurses are
far apart on economic issues, with the hospitals proposing 8 percent in
raises over two years and the union seeking 17.5 percent.
is claiming that their negotiators were told Friday that the 8 percent
offer is the hospitals' final position.
"The hospitals feel they have
put forward a very fair and competitive offer," said hospitals spokesman
Ben Drew. "The offer stands. No new offer is forthcoming."
that under the 8 percent offer, beginning nurses working full time would
earn $57,000 a year, the most experienced nurses would earn $84,000, and
the average nurse would receive $75,000.
No new contract sessions have
About 20 nurses have crossed the picket line to join
about 500 replacement nurses in working shifts in the two hospitals.
don't like that," said Kim Griffin, spokeswoman for the Committee for
Recognition of Nursing Achievement. "They have their own reasons for doing
Griffin said the CRONA nurses who returned to work could be
subject to fines from the union. "We'll decide that after we go back to
work," she said.
Because the union doesn't have a strike fund, the
striking nurses aren't receiving any kind of stipend. But given a regional
shortage of nurses, no one who needs a paycheck is having trouble finding
work, Griffin said. "We have (CRONA) nurses working in hospitals all over
the Bay Area," she said.
Despite the length of the strike, the nurses'
spirits remain high, Griffin said. "We had a membership meeting (Monday),
and they were very supportive," Griffin said.