A tentative agreement that averted a nurses' strike at Los Angeles County-run clinics and hospitals was assailed by some members of the rank and file Thursday, leaving final approval of the proposed pact far from certain.
"It should be voted down, but I don't know if it will be," said Beverly Footman, a nurse practitioner for the county.
A vote on the proposed 17.25% pay raise over two years, originally set for today, was rescheduled until Monday to give union officials more time to disseminate details of the proposal to nurses.
Footman complained that the proposed salary increase still leaves county nurses earning less than private nurses, making it difficult for the county to fill 1,000 nursing vacancies. County nurses currently earn between $2,600 and $3,000 a month.