The union representing nurses at Sharp HealthCare reached a tentative agreement Friday on a new three-year contract, after months of negotiations and a strike averted at the last moment earlier this week.
As part of the negotiations, both Sharp and the union representing the nurses agreed not to communicate the terms of the agreement until it has been ratified, according to John Cihomsky, Sharp HealthCare’s vice president of public relations & communications.
The Sharp Professional Nurses Network, which represents almost 5,000 Sharp nurses, plans to hold a series of meetings next week to present the agreement to members and solicit their votes.
“In recent years, we have watched more and more nurses leave Sharp for better-paying hospitals across the county,” said Christina Magnusen, president of the nurses’ network. “We love our jobs, we love our patients, and that’s why we stay and fight to make Sharp better.”
Votes will be counted at noon on Thursday, Dec. 8 and the result announced when the count is complete.
The Sharp nurses bargaining team is recommending the members approve the contract, said Jeff Rogers, a communications specialist with United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals which the Sharp bargaining unit is affiliated with.
“The unity of Sharp nurses won this agreement,” said Denise Duncan, president of United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals.
“Hundreds attended the negotiating sessions for months and rallied at the convention center in October,” said Duncan. “Thousands of nurses were prepared to give up a week’s pay to win a contract that will recruit and retain the best nurses, who can give the San Diego community the best possible patient care.”
A three-day strike set to begin Nov. 28 was called off Sunday after the two sides reached a tentative agreement on some matters pertaining to union membership.
City News Service contributed to this post.
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