City officials and union leaders in San Francisco announced a proposed $20 million-per-year labor contract intended to recruit and retain nurses. The pact was negotiated between the city and Local 790 of the Service Employees International Union, which represents more than 1,500 nurses who work at 547-bed San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center and other area facilities. Under the terms of the proposed agreement, city nurses would receive salary increases of 7% to 13% over the next year, while signing bonuses for new nurses would double to $5,000. The plan also would boost the nurse-to-patient ratio beyond the state's minimum staffing requirements and double to $200,000 the amount of money the city will set aside to reimburse nurses for tuition for advanced training. The plan must still be ratified by rank-and-file nurses, who are scheduled to vote on it early next week, and then by the city's board of supervisors. -- by Laura B. Benko
Labor pact aims to boost nurse recruitment, retention
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