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California nurses avert work stoppage.

In California, a possible work stoppage involving 1,300 registered nurses employed by Stanford University Medical Center was averted when the parties agreed on a 2year contract. According to the president of the Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement, which represents the nurses, the chief issues were job staffing and scheduling, even though these subjects were not usually dealt with in past bargaining. Under the settlement, the parties agreed to more frequent meetings of existing joint committees that had been established to deal with these and other issues.

The employees' association was unable to regain "givebacks" it had accepted in 1986, but vowed to continue pressing for restoration during the contract period. The givebacks included a cut to one-quarter pay, from onehalf, for on-call assignments, and cuts in educational reimbursements.

Salaries were raised by 5 percent in each year and a 4.5percent salary progression step was added after 7-1/2 years of service. For a nurse on day shift, the starting rate is $14.57 an hour in the first year, up from $13.88, and the top rate is $23.75, up from $20.62. Top-rated nurses working at night will earn $54,578 in the first contract year and $57,304 in the second.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Jun 1, 1988
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