Nurses Begin 4-Day Walkout
Seven weeks after going on strike for the second time since their contract expired in May (see WIT?s for May 28, and June 19, 2002), health care workers at Los Angeles? Queen of Angels-Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center have won a contract that addresses their over-staffing and wage concerns. Meanwhile, 350 registered nurses also represented by the California Nurses Association began a four day strike yesterday at Los Angeles? St. Vincent Medical Center, where contract negotiations have been deadlocked since a tentative agreement was rejected in a ratification vote. The RN?s are pushing for larger salary increases for senior members of the nursing staff, who make less than experienced nurses at other health care facilities in the area and often make less than younger nurses at St. Vincent because of bonuses for new hires.