Children's Hospital Oakland nurses begin three-day strike

About 100 nurses picketed Tuesday morning outside Children's Hospital Oakland in the opening salvo of a strike planned to last three days and involve nearly 800 union members.

The hospital remained mostly operational, with 125 contract nurses brought in to work 12-hour shifts. A handful of elective surgeries were postponed, but otherwise patient services were at "near normal" levels, hospital Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Shibata said.

Hospital officials declined to say how much the strike accommodations would cost, but union officials estimated the figure to be $1 million, including pay, housing and meals for the temporary workers.

1 comments on "Children's Hospital Oakland nurses begin three-day strike"
dfenestrate (10/13/2010 at 12:47 PM)

I'm wondering what world Segal lives in, where "most nurses" get free health care at their facilities. My experience is been that nurses pay, in full, as does any other insured [INVALID] AND are usually limited to ONLY the facility at which we work, seriously limiting our choices and raising privacy issues. It would be better to hear from someone conversant with FACTS, not just hyperbole meant to "support" a particular viewpoint.




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