Kaiser sues nurses’ union over strike

Accreditation Connection, November 23, 2011

Kaiser Permanente's Northern California hospital unit and medical group has filed a lawsuit against the California Nurses Association (CNA), the San Francisco Business Times reports.

Kaiser states that the strike that occurred on September 22 to 23, 2011, was a breach of contract. CNA stated that the short strike was in sympathy with the National Union of Health Care Workers, which walked out at a number of Kaiser and Sutter Health facilities.

The largest nurses’ strike in state history, as many as 22,700 nurses took part in the protest in September.

The strike was brought further into the limelight after a patient at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center died after she received an incorrect dose of medication administered by a replacement nurse. At the time, regular staff nurses employed by Sutter Health System were locked out following a one-day strike by 23,000 nurses across the state.

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