California Pacific response to CNA strike notice by eddie12


									MEDIA RELEASE Contact: Kevin McCormack, (415) 600-2984 or pager (415) 232-6463

Just in Time for the Holidays: CNA Calls For Another Irresponsible Strike Union orders nurses off the ward and on to the picket line
(San Francisco, December 3, 2007) The California Nurses Association is once again ignoring calls to allow its members to vote on California Pacific Medical Center‟s contract offer and instead has ordered its members to leave their patients and go on strike on December 13th and 14th. “We are deeply disappointed that the CNA is once again putting its own business agenda ahead of the needs of its members, and the patients they care for,” said Martin Brotman, M.D., President and CEO of California Pacific Medical Center. “Regardless of their action, however, our first responsibility is to our patients and we will make sure that they continue to receive the highest quality care without interruption.” California Pacific Medical Center (as well as the other Sutter Health affiliates affected by the strike) is bringing in skilled, qualified, replacement nurses to ensure a continuation of top quality care for all our patients. While some elective surgeries will have to be rescheduled, it will be business as usual for the rest of the medical center. “The biggest disappointment in all this is that the union would not allow its members to vote on our offer,” says Diana Karner, R.N., Chief Nursing Executive at CPMC. “Rather than have our nurses suffer because of their union‟s agenda, we have decided to go ahead and give them the generous pay and benefit increases we have been proposing for the past few months.” Even though the union has not agreed to the contract, CPMC nurses are already seeing an extra 6.5% in their pay packets. This is the first installment in a 21.5% pay increase over the next four years that will bring the average nurses‟ salary at CPMC to $140,000. In addition to the pay increase the contract offer also includes:  Increased retirement benefits  Free, no-premium health care for nurses and their families  Landmark shift cancellation language – something nurses identified as their top priority  Doubling the amount of money available for nurses to pursue further education and training While CPMC is trying to meet the needs of nurses, the union is ignoring those needs and is instead continuing to push its own business agenda. CNA is demanding a master contract with all hospitals affiliated with Sutter Health, and wants changes to make it easier to recruit members which would bring

in more dues and increase its political clout. If CNA were able to organize all non-CNA nurses throughout Sutter Health, it would bring in an additional $3.5 million in union dues every year. While California Pacific Medical Center remains committed to finding a negotiated solution to the issue, the union has demonstrated that it is more concerned with spreading misinformation. In recent months CNA has made a number of allegations against CPMC, charging us with anti-union activity. The National Labor Relations Board has issued a series of recent rulings against CNA on all these charges, and in fact ruled that CNA is not complying with the terms of existing agreements. „We are always ready to sit down and talk, anytime, anywhere” says Dr. Brotman. “We want to end this unnecessary strike and get back to working together with our outstanding nurses to deliver the highest quality health care to the people of San Francisco.”

California Pacific Medical Center. Beyond Medicine. At San Francisco‟s California Pacific Medical Center, we believe in the power of medicine. We research the most up-to-date treatments, hire the most qualified individuals, and practice the most modern, innovative medicine available. We deliver the highest quality expert care, with kindness and compassion, in acute, post-acute and outpatient services, as well as preventive and complementary medicine. But we also believe that medicine alone is only part of the solution. That‟s why we look intently at each individual case and treat the whole person, not just the illness. It‟s why we go beyond medical care and provide our patients with things like disease counseling, family support and wellness treatments. As one of California‟s largest private, community-based, not-for-profit, teaching medical centers, and a Sutter Health affiliate, we are able to reach deep into our community provide education, screening and financial support in some of the city‟s most underserved neighborhoods. Because medicine can transform a body. But going beyond medicine can transform a life.


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