Nurses' Strike Ends at Children's Hospital

700 nurses protested changes to their health care.

By The Associated Press
|  Tuesday, May 10, 2011  |  Updated 7:39 AM PDT
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Nurses' Strike Ends at Children's Hospital

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Children's Hospital Oakland registered nurses have agreed to return to work after a five-day strike over
 proposed changes to their health benefits.

Nurses are expected to be back on the job at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

The San Francisco Chronicle says hospital management and representatives of the California Nurses Association-National Nurses United agreed that the walkout went smoothly.

The hospital operated at near normal capacity during the walkout, relying on non-union Children's Hospital nurses and about 125 replacement nurses.

The 700 union nurses have been negotiating for more than a year for a new contract. The current one expired in July.

Union nurses protested again proposed health benefits cuts that would require them to contribute more to their benefits or pay a higher deductible.

The hospital contends it lost $17.9 million in 2009.
 

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