One of the nation's largest healthcare walkouts in recent years ended this weekend when striking nurses at 308-bed St. Francis Medical Center, Honolulu, agreed to a new contract. Strikes at two other Honolulu hospitals ended earlier this month when nurses at 526-bed Queen's Medical Center and 250-bed Kuakini Medical Center also adopted new contracts. In all, more than 1,300 nurses walked off the job in early December. The latest contract guarantees St. Francis' 370 nurses an 18% pay raise over three years and access to medical benefits as retirees, and gives the 65 nurses who resigned during the strike an opportunity to return to work. Acceptance of the contract ended a three-month labor dispute involving five Hawaii hospitals and 2,500 nurses. Kaiser Foundation Hospital and Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children averted threatened strikes by settling with their nurses in November. -- by Laura B. Benko
Striking Hawaii nurses agree to new contract
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