A judge halted a one-day strike scheduled for today by as many as 9,000 University of California nurses. Superior Court Judge Loren McMaster in Sacramento ordered the California Nurses Association to delay the strike until the court determines if a walkout would violate California labor law. A hearing was scheduled for Aug. 11.
The university alleged that the union failed to take certain steps required in the bargaining process. "Our position has always been that such strikes are illegal and contradict the duty to negotiate in good faith through the entire bargaining process, including impasse proceedings," the university said in a news release.
The university said it met with the union 22 times since contract talks began in January without reaching an impasse. In reaction to the order, nurses staged early-morning and lunch-hour pickets. "It's very shortsighted of the university to take such a hard line," CNA spokesman Chuck Idelson said. "They're going to be losing their best and most experienced nurses."