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Health care settlements.

In San Francisco, CA, 2,700 nurses settled with six private hospitals, ending a 1 -month work stoppage. Salary increases are 8 percent in September 1988, 7 percent in July 1989, and 6 percent in June 1990. These increases, along with the establishment of new pay progression levels after 5 and 10 years of service, will bring the salary range to $ 3 8,100 - $45,700 a year for day-shift nurses. Previously, the range was $31,152-$35,900. The 34-month agreement also provides for a $5 shift differential for weekend work.

The hospitals, which are members of Affiliated Hospitals of San Francisco, withdrew proposals for establishment of some 12-hour work shifts and for the employees to begin paying part of health insurance premiums.

About 1,700 licensed vocational nurses, dietary, housekeeping, and other employees settled a week before the registered nurses, but did not end their work stoppage until the registered nurses returned to work. Their stoppage, which began a week before the nurses', involved the same six hospitals and one other.

During the two work stoppages, Service Employees Local 790 settled without a stoppage for 1,600 registered nurses employed by San Francisco General Hospital, Laguna Honda Hospital, and other city health care facilities. The 1 -year agreement does not provide for immediate increases in wages or staff, but does include procedures for making such changes when a citywide wage freeze is lifted. The contract also limits the number of patients per nurse,

Elsewhere on the West Coast, two unions settled with Kaiser Permanente, ending a 2-month work stoppage involving 1,100 nurses at two hospitals and 22 medical and dental clinics in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The Service Employees settled first, ending an 11 -day stoppage involving 1,000 workers in housekeeping, food service, and other occupations.

The Service Employees 3-year contract provides for annual wage increases of 3 percent plus 10 cents an hour for secretaries and medical and dental assistants and 3 percent for other employees; a Kaiser payment of 15 cents an hour into a new annuity plan or into a health and welfare fund from which money can be drawn to pay new $3 to $15 charges for medical tests and procedures; and a 20cent-an-hour payment to employees who do not work enough hours a week to qualify for the Kaiser-financed medical insurance.

The dispute between Kaiser and the Oregon Federation of Nurses (an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers) centered on financing of health benefits. Kaiser had proposed paying premiums only for employees working more than 32 hours a week; previously, it paid premiums for employees working 20 hours or more per week. Under the compromise solution, to be implemented in stages over the 3-year contract term, biweekly health premium payments by nurses will be $17.50 for those working 20-25 hours a week, $10 for those working 26-31 hours and $5 for those working 32 hours or more.

The contract also provides for pay raises of 5.5 percent, retroactive to April 1, 1988, 5.25 percent in the second year, and 5.5 percent in the third year. Nurses with at least 8 years' service received an additional 4 percent immediate increase and could receive another increase in the third year, depending on wage developments at other hospitals in the area.

In Pennsylvania, 3,000 nurses employed in 125 State hospitals agreed to a 3-year contract that provides for 5percent salary increases in July of 1988, 1989, and 1990, and I percent increases in January of 1989, 1990, and 1991. Prior to the accord, salaries ranged from $22,300 to $34,000 a year.

The agreement, which runs to June 30, 1991, also provides for an additional $500 a year (was $300) for nurses certified in certain specialties; $800 a year (was $525) tuition reimbursement for "professional enhancement;" $900 a year (was $625) tuition reimbursement for study in a specialty; and a 75-cent-an-hour (was 60 cents) shift differential. The nurses are represented by the Pennsylvania Nurses Association.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Nov 1, 1988
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