Registered nurses at Good Samaritan Hospital and Regional Medical Center in San Jose have authorized a strike, if necessary,to protest hospital management demands they say will erode patient care and RN contract standards that will also undermine the ability of the hospital to recruit new RNs.
In membership meetings this week, the RNs voted to authorize their nurse bargaining team to call a strike, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced on October 19. No strike date has been set at this time.
The RNs at Good Samaritan and Regional Medical Center of San Jose have been in bargaining for a new contract for several months. Negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement for the 1,500 RNs represented by CNA/NNU have been underway for about half a year. The current contract, which expired on June 30, has since been extended to October 30.
Good Samaritan and Regional Medical Center are affiliates of HCA, Hospital Corporation of America, the nation’s largest for-profit hospital system.
“The nurses are fed up, and the large turnout of RNs, many of whom even came in on their day off to cast a ballot, demonstrates just how concerned we are about our work environment,” said Malinda Markowitz, RN, a Good Samaritan nurse and a CNA co-president.