The California Nurses Association has reached a contract agreement with five hospitals in the Sacramento area, averting a one-day strike scheduled for March 25.
The pact between the union and Mercy Healthcare Sacramento, part of giant Catholic Healthcare West, was reached March 21.
The contract provides for a 6% raise for nurses in the first year and 3% raises each of the next two years. It covers 1,700 nurses who previously haven't had a labor contract. The CNA organized the nurses into a bargaining unit in December 1996, and bargaining began in April 1997.
The union said the new contract will include language protecting nurses who speak out for quality patient care. The labor agreement still must be ratified by rank-and-file nurses.
The affected hospitals are Mercy General, Mercy Methodist, Mercy American River, Mercy San Juan and Mercy Folsom.