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March 20, 2009 | Evelyn Larrubia
The Service Employees International Union and California Nurses Assn. announced Thursday that they had ended their long-running feud and would now jointly organize employees at large medical facilities across the country. The two groups have had some ugly turf battles over who ought to represent the nation's nurses, who remain largely unrepresented. Under the agreement, the CNA will represent nurses, while the SEIU will represent the other workers at facilities they organize.
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November 20, 2013 | By Larry Gordon and Ari Bloomekatz
The union that represents 22,000 employees at UC campuses and medical centers began a one-day strike early Wednesday morning at the system's nine campuses and five medical centers.  Service workers, patient care employees and student tutors are among those striking. In preparation for the strike, some elective surgeries and treatments have been postponed at the system's hospitals and replacement workers are being hired, officials said. The picketing began Wednesday morning and is expected to continue until 7 p.m. “It's really going great.… Turnout has actually been extraordinarily strong,” said Todd Stenhouse, a spokesman for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299.
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March 10, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The California Nurses Assn. was granted a charter this week to join the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor organization. The move, approved Thursday by the AFL-CIO during a meeting in Las Vegas, unites the country's largest labor federation, which has 10 million members and 54 unions, with a union of 75,000 registered nurses known for political protests and for aggressive organizing. Both sides had sought the alliance.
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November 19, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
UC campuses and medical centers are preparing for a one-day strike Wednesday by service workers, patient care employees and student tutors. Some elective surgeries and treatments have been postponed at the system's hospitals and replacement workers are being hired, officials said. The main strike is by the union that represents 22,000 custodians, gardeners, food workers, respiratory therapists, radiology technicians and others at UC's five medical centers and nine of its campuses.
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June 9, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
A California judge issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday barring thousands of nurses from striking this week at University of California hospitals and student health centers. San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Peter J. Busch said that a strike would be contrary to public interest and might break the law. The order was requested by the California Public Employment Relations Board, a state regulatory agency that handles public employee relations. Officials at the California Nurses Assn.
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August 4, 2004 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
The National Labor Relations Board has thrown out a vote by nurses to unionize at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, ruling that the California Nurses Assn. engaged in unfair tactics that influenced the election. The NLRB's ruling, released Monday, found that anonymous threatening phone calls to an employee with known anti-union views was likely to have intimidated enough nurses to potentially change the election's outcome. The vote to unionize was decided by a margin of 695 to 627.
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February 21, 2009 | Evelyn Larrubia
A California nurses union will join with two others across the country to create what they say will be the nation's largest registered nurses union. The new group, the United American Nurses-National Nurses Organizing Committee, will merge United American Nurses, the Massachusetts Nurses Assn. and California Nurses Assn./National Nurses Organizing Committee, which together represent 150,000 nurses. Rose Ann DeMoro, president of the 85,000-member California Nurses Assn., said the move is meant to capitalize on labor's longed-for passage of the proposed Employee Free Choice Act, which would revamp labor laws to make union membership easier.
NEWS
June 10, 1993
Nurses at the City of Hope have notified administrators that they will strike Tuesday if contract negotiations fail. The medical center's 430 registered nurses, represented by the California Nurses Assn., are wrangling with hospital administrators over possible changes in job duties and proposed vacation reductions. The nurses' three-year contract expired June 1. A federal mediator has been working with nurse representatives and hospital officials to negotiate differences.
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March 23, 2011 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
A California legislative committee gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a bill that would tighten security at hospitals and increase their requirements for reporting violent acts to the state. The bill given the nod by the Assembly Committee on Health was sponsored by Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) and the California Nurses Assn., which claims that nurses are facing an epidemic of violence in hospitals. It follows the death last October of Cynthia Palomata, a nurse who was bludgeoned at a medical facility at a jail in Martinez in Northern California.
NEWS
January 8, 1988
The 6,000-member California Nurses Assn. voted by a 10-1 margin to go out on strike at 25 Kaiser medical facilities in Northern California on Jan. 18, a spokeswoman said. "We are disappointed at Kaiser's proposals," said Jan Dillon, spokeswoman for the association. Earlier this week, Kaiser made an offer that would raise salaries 15% over the next three years to more than $40,000 a year. The nurses are asking for raises of 8% in each year of a two-year contract.
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November 17, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The University of California reached a tentative contract agreement with unionized nurses at its medical and student-health facilities, averting a one-day walkout that had been scheduled for Wednesday. The four-year agreement still needs to be voted on by the 11,700 UC nurses who belong to the California Nurses Assn., or CNA. Contract highlights released by UC call for annual 4% pay increases through 2017. The nurses have agreed not to join in a one-day strike on Wednesday in sympathy with a walkout still scheduled by the AFSCME local 3299, which represents 22,000 patient-care workers, custodians and food workers at UC's five medical centers and 10 campuses.
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August 12, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- Schools may provide trained employees instead of licensed nurses to administer insulin injections and other medications to students, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday. In a defeat for the California Nurses Assn., the state high court overturned a  ruling in favor of the nurses by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye when she was on an appeals court. The chief justice did not participate in the case once it reached the high court. "California law expressly permits trained, unlicensed school personnel to administer prescription medications such as insulin in accordance with the written statements of a student's treating physician and parents," Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar wrote for the court.
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May 30, 2013 | Maura Dolan
Several members of the California Supreme Court appeared wary Wednesday of requiring public schools to provide licensed nurses to administer insulin injections and other medications to schoolchildren. The powerful California Nurses Assn. has argued that state law requires licensed nurses to provide insulin injections and other medicines, and two lower courts have agreed. The American Diabetes Assn. appealed. During a hearing, some justices on the state high court appeared skeptical of the nurses' arguments.
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May 29, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court appeared skeptical Wednesday of arguments that only licensed nurses may administer insulin injections and other medications to schoolchildren. During a hearing, several justices on the state high court questioned whether such requirements made sense. The California Nurses Assn. has argued that state law requires licensed nurses to administer medication to school children, and two lower courts have agreed. Justice Ming W. Chin, noting that most schools do not have full-time nurses, questioned why they should have to call in a licensed practitioner even if the child's parents and physician have authorized a trained and designated school employee to administer insulin.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Workers at healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente in California voted to remain with the SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West union in a bitterly contested election pitting a labor giant against a smaller rival. The SEIU-UHW said it garnered nearly 19,000 employee votes, or 58% of the total counted, compared with about 13,000, or 41%, for the competing National Union of Healthcare Workers. About 1% voted for no union. The results were announced late Thursday after the National Labor Relations Board counted mail-in ballots for two days.
OPINION
January 22, 2013
Re "Flu's sticking point," Jan. 19 I read your article with great interest, looking forward to my fellow nurses explaining how important it is for people - healthcare workers in particular - to get their yearly flu shot. Instead, I learned that the very people responsible for educating their patients were themselves believers of false science. One nurse who tells postpartum mothers to get the flu shot for their newborns and themselves refused to get vaccinated herself. It surely wouldn't encourage me to vaccinate.
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March 23, 2011 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
A California legislative committee gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a bill that would tighten security at hospitals and increase their requirements for reporting violent acts to the state. The bill given the nod by the Assembly Committee on Health was sponsored by Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) and the California Nurses Assn., which claims that nurses are facing an epidemic of violence in hospitals. It follows the death last October of Cynthia Palomata, a nurse who was bludgeoned at a medical facility at a jail in Martinez in Northern California.
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June 9, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
A California judge issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday barring thousands of nurses from striking this week at University of California hospitals and student health centers. San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Peter J. Busch said that a strike would be contrary to public interest and might break the law. The order was requested by the California Public Employment Relations Board, a state regulatory agency that handles public employee relations. Officials at the California Nurses Assn.
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