A group of California Catholic hospitals and the union representing 4,000 registered nurses reached a tentative agreement Tuesday on a new labor contract.
The proposed three-year deal would result in wage increases ranging from 18% to 29%, ban mandatory overtime and improve the nurses' pension and other benefits, said Chuck Idelson, spokesman for the California Nurses Association.
Talks between the CNA and San Francisco-based Catholic Healthcare West, which operates 41 acute care hospitals in California, Arizona and Nevada, ended early Tuesday, after several months, Idelson said.
The nurses, who work at 11 CHW hospitals statewide, were scheduled to vote on the contract proposal next week.
The agreement also would add the nurses to a master contract already covering some 4,000 other registered nurses employed by the Catholic hospital system and due to expire in 2006, strengthening the nurses' bargaining position.
CNA already has master agreements with Kaiser Permanente, Tenet Healthcare Corp. and the University of California.