SDW news brief: California nurses temporarily barred from striking

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, June 11, 2010

A judge in California has issued a temporary ban on a planned strike by nurses at several University of California hospitals. The judge cited public interest and California law as reasons for the temporary ban.

The nurses planned to strike after failed contract negotiations regarding their demands for increased staffing levels. They claim hospitals force nurses to work during breaks and to cover for other nurses, putting patient safety at risk. A University of California spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times that patient safety is never compromised and that the organization complies with staffing ratios established by the state.

The ruling does not apply to three private hospitals, where nurses still plan to strike on Thursday.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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