The California Nurses Association has asked the National Labor Relations Board to overturn an agreement between Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., and two rival healthcare unions. The agreement not only gives the Service Employees International Union and a branch of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees the right to hold organizing campaigns and union elections at 41 Tenet hospitals in California and two in Florida, but also it establishes a streamlined negotiation process for workers who join the unions. The negotiation process would enable workers to get raises and contract terms similar to a deal negotiated by the SEIU and Tenet at Garfield Medical Center, Monterey Park, Calif. The CNA alleged that the agreement effectively denies nurses a choice about compensation. "The (registered nurses) want a real choice, free of coercion or bribes," CNA President Kay McVay said. Tenet announced the labor union agreement last week. Tenet President Trevor Fetter said the agreement is "very favorable to both parties. It was inevitable that this is something we should do." -- by Patrick Reilly
Calif. nurses' union challenges Tenet labor pact
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