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Judge Intervenes Again to Stop California Nurses from Striking

by Brendan Coyne

Aug. 12, 2005 – For the second time in two months, a California judge issued a last-minute order barring nurses in California from striking.

The order extends last month’s ruling by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Loren McMaster, which prevented 9,000 nurses within the California University hospital system from taking part in a one-day strike. The new embargo is set to last until a scheduled August 25 hearing.

The members of the California Nurses Association and University officials have been engaged in tense negotiations over the health and safety and retirement terms of a new contract. Negotiations broke down after union members rejected a contract and approved a strike in early July. The two sides have not met since.

Also this week, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that nine private California hospitals run by Sutter Health violated the law in locking out unionized members last December. Hospital officials locked the members of the Health Care Workers branch of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) out for four days in December following a one-day job action.

At the end of July, union members and company officials agreed to resume talks, averting a planned strike. Negotiations between the two Monday were unsuccessful, the Contra Costa Times reported.

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Brendan Coyne is a contributing journalist.

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