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NURSE TALK RADIO: Victory for Northern Calif. Sutter RNs

Nurse Talk Radio, 8/1/13

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By Pattie Lockard
Executive Producer
Nurse Talk Radio

Joanne Jung on the Health Benefits Victory for Nurses

Victory for Nurses in Northern California!…AND a victory for nurses across the country!

Recently, a federal administrative law judge with the National Labor Relations Board handed nurses a victory, finding Sutter Hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area engaged in illegal “unfair labor practices” when it unilaterally cut paid sick leave and eliminated all paid healthcare coverage for RNs who work less than 30 hours per week, affecting hundreds of nurses and their families.

The judge ordered the hospital chain to “rescind its unilateral changes and…make whole employees for any losses they have suffered…plus interest.” Sutter had maintained it projected expenses related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, but would not “show their homework” to the judge. Why? Because there was no certainty or reason for their projected increases. Joanne Jung, a spokeswoman for the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United joins us to discuss the topic.

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