Nurses At Six San Francisco Hospitals Reach Tentative Agreement
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ The union representing more than 2,000 nurses at six hospitals has reached a tentative agreement that could end a 16-day strike, union officials said today.
Maureen Anderson, spokeswoman for the California Nurses Association, said she is optimistic the contract will be ratified on Friday. Service workers who honored the picket lines would also return to work with the end of the strike.
Ms. Anderson called the tentative contract a victory for the nurses that includes no takeaways, ″excellent staffing provisions,″ and pay of up to $50,000 a year for some top nurses by 1990. Anderson credited Mayor Art Agnos with bringing both sides to a tentative resolution.
If the agreement is ratified, nurses will return to work Monday at Children’s, Marshal Hale, St. Francis, St. Mary’s and Mount Zion in San Francisco and Seton Medical Center in Daly City.
All the hospitals had remained open during the strike, but with some reductions in services.
Nurses striking a seventh hospital, French Hospital in San Francisco, are negotiating separately.
Striking licensed vocational nurses, technicians, dietary and housekeeping workers represented by Local 250 of the Hospital and Health Care Workers Union on Wednesday overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with French Hospital.
The service workers, who also struck Pacific Presbyterian Hospital in San Francisco, said Wednesday they will walk off the job at Ralph K. Davies Medical Center in San Francisco next week if a year-long contract dispute is not settled.
The contract between Local 250 and Davies Medical Center expired in April 1987, and in March, the hospital implemented a contract including an open shop clause that made union membership optional.
″It is a union-busting technique,″ said Local 250 trustee Mark Splain.
Local 250 first went on strike July 26 at all seven Affiliated Hospitals in a dispute over sick leave and health benefits. On Aug. 2, registered nurses struck six of the seven hosptials over pay, overtime, work hours and staffing improvements.
On Aug. 6, Local 250 and the CNA walked out in separate strikes at French Hospital, which does not belong to Affiliated Hospitals.
Local 250 struck all seven hospitals, and the CNA walked out at all but Pacific Presbyterian, where registered nurses are not unionized.