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Memorial nurses call off strike

Memorial Hospital

After reaching a tentative labor agreement, the nurses union at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital announced Friday that it will not be conducting a strike on Monday.

On Sept. 23, the union filed a 10-day notice that it intended to hold a two-day strike, beginning Monday at 5 a.m. and ending Wednesday at 5 a.m.

The Staff Nurses Association, which represents about 615 nurses at Memorial Hospital, formally rescinded the 10-day notice after reaching the agreement. The union’s old labor contract expired Sept. 30.

Union nurses are scheduled to vote on the tentative agreement, both online and in person, on Saturday. The contract, if approved, will run from Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2012.

According to a summary of contract changes available on its Web site, the agreement includes: increases in co-pays and deductibles; no increase in the percentage of contributions to health plan premiums; per diem nursing staffing increased by 12 hours a week and 1 percent increase in wages on Jan. 1, 2012.

If the union members reject the agreement, a new 10-day notice of intent to strike will be submitted, union representatives said.

— Martin Espinoza
The Press Democrat

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