We recently reported on how nurses in California were set to strike against the Kaiser hospitals. That strike has been cancelled as the powerful nurse’s union and Kaiser have reached a deal. More than 18,000 nurses were going to strike in January of 2015. That move would have crippled the California Kaiser facilities, and it would have led to many clinics shutting down during the strike period.
The California Nurses Association/ National Nurses United said that they will not be striking on Wednesday and Thursday. More than 80 Kaiser facilities would have been affected in Central and Northern California.
They reached an agreement for Kaiser to hire hundreds of additional nurses to meet the growing demand and stress that was being placed on their current staff. Kaiser also agreed to increase their pay and to continue the pension plans. Most importantly to many, they will create a new advisory committee to oversee the overall standard of care.
This agreement still needs to be ratified, but it most likely will be.
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