Uploaded: Thursday, June 1, 2000 12:45 PM

Stanford nurses could go on strike

The union representing nurses at Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital could go on strike Wednesday unless progress is made in contract negotiations.

The Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement submitted the notice May 26 after union members voted 96 percent in favor of a possible strike.

Hospital spokesman Mike Goodkind said today that negotiations between the union and hospitals are continuing, and he noted that the union has submitted a strike notice at virtually every contract negotiation.

Union spokeswoman Kim Griffin said today that a strike looked more possible, however, because the two sides are so far apart.

The union printed picket signs Wednesday.

The hospitals are offering 3 percent pay raises each year of a new two-year contract, while the union is asking for a 14.2 percent pay raise (cost of living plus 10 percent) in the first year and a cost-of-living increase plus 8 percent the second year.

--Don Kazak