Nurses' Strike Ends at Children's Hospital - NBC Bay Area

Nurses' Strike Ends at Children's Hospital

700 nurses protested changes to their health care.



    Nurses' Strike Ends at Children's Hospital

    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.