Stanford Nurse Strike

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 8:47 AM

Stanford nurses vote narrowly to end strike

by Don Kazak

Union and Stanford hospital officials met today to begin planning when striking nurses will return to work after union members narrowly approved a new contract Thursday.

Of the 1,635 nurses eligible to vote on the contract, 825 voted yes. Votes against the contract were cast by 551 nurses, while 259 nurses who did not vote were counted as voting against the contract, said Kim Griffin of the Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement.

The nurses are likely to return to work at Stanford and Lucile Packard Children's hospitals by late next week.

CRONA nurses began their strike June 7, and the two hospitals hired some 500 replacement nurses, largely through a Denver-based nursing agency, to keep the hospitals functioning.

The settlement package, proposed by a federal mediator, includes 10 percent in pay raises over two years--12 percent for nurses with 15 years or more of seniority.

"I'm glad that it's over and we're going back to work," Griffin said. "But I really wish we could have gotten more for our junior nurses."

The union lost about 60 nurses during the strike who resigned from the union and returned to work at the two hospitals, Griffin said. Other CRONA nurses took temporary jobs at other Bay Area hospitals and clinics.

Griffin said not all CRONA members may return to work at Stanford or Packard hospitals because they are making more money in their other jobs.

"I think there are people who were waiting to see what we got," Griffin said. "I think there are nurses who will come back and resign."

Griffin added that she doesn't think the settlement package will greatly help the hospitals in recruiting and retaining nurses.

Hospital officials said they are happy the strike is over.

"We are very pleased our nurses will be back to work as an integral part of our patient-care team," said Malinda Micthell, CEO of Stanford Hospital.

"Our nurses contribute significantly to providing the quality care for which our hospitals are known," said Chris Dawes, CEO of Packard Hospital. "We look forward to their return."

Griffin said union members prefer not to work alongside any of the replacement nurses as part of any transition back to full union staffing. Hospital spokesman Matt Lash said the hospitals' goal is to have a smooth transition without any effect on patient care.


Full Coverage from the Palo Alto Weekly

Friday, July 28, 2000

Stanford nurses vote narrowly to end strike (added 11 a.m.)

Stanford Nurses approve contract (added 5:30 a.m.)

Press release from Stanford Hospital (added 5:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, July 25, 2000

Proposed nurse pact calls for 10 percent pay raises (added 2:40 p.m.)

Settlement proposed in nurses' strike (added 10:30 a.m.)

Friday, July 21, 2000

Nurses to vote on proposed strike settlement (added 3:15 p.m.)

Wednesday, July 12, 2000

Tempers start to fray in nurses' strike (added 2:45 p.m.)

Thursday, July 6, 2000

Nurses lower salary proposal, but impasse continues (added 3:30 p.m.)

Thursday, June 29, 2000

Eshoo urges hospitals to resume strike talks (added 3 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 28, 2000

Stanford hospitals decline to resume strike talks (added 2:30 p.m.)

Monday, June 26, 2000

Nurses, hospitals at an impasse (added 2:30 p.m.)

Thursday, June 22, 2000

Hospitals, nurses still talking as strike continues (added 3:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 20, 2000

Talks in nurses' strike resume today (added 2 p.m.)

Monday, June 19, 2000

Nurses' union lowers its salary request (added 4 p.m.)

Friday, June 16, 2000

Hospitals, nurses remain at impasse after new talks (added 5 p.m.)

Talks resume between Stanford hospitals, nurses (added 2:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 14, 2000

Hospital talks to resume Friday (added 1 p.m.)

Monday, June 12, 2000

Nurses' strike causes delays in elective surgeries (added 2 p.m.)

Thursday, June 8, 2000

Hospitals scramble to maintain nursing staff (added 3 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 7, 2000

Stanford nurses go on strike (second add) (added 1 p.m.)

Stanford nurses go on strike (added 10:15 a.m.)

Tuesday, June 6, 2000

Nurses' contract talks to resume today (added 1 p.m.)

Monday, June 5, 2000

Nurses, hospitals ready for strike (added 3 p.m.)

Friday, June 2, 2000

Hospitals prepare for nurses' strike (added noon)

Thursday, June 1, 2000

Stanford nurses could go on strike (added 12:45 p.m.)