A nurses union has called off a three-day strike that had been set to begin Nov. 28 at three Sharp HealthCare hospitals.
The Sharp Professional Nurses Network, an affiliate of the United Nurses Association of California/Union of Health Care Professionals, said it canceled the strike after reaching “a series of last-minute agreements” on Nov. 27.
Sharp and the union plan to meet Nov. 29 in an attempt to work out a new contract. If talks break down again, Jan. 1 would be the soonest more than 2,000 nurses employed by Sharp could strike.
Public statements by both sides in the conflict suggest wage increases have been the focus of negotiations. But the most recent agreements dealt not with wages but union dues.
Sharp confirmed Nov. 28 the two sides agreed all nurses currently working for the company will still be able to decide for themselves whether to pay union dues. But new hires must begin paying union dues within about a month of starting work for Sharp. Within 90 days of their start of employment, however, new nurses will have a five-day window to opt out of the union.
Sharp has four acute-care and three specialty hospitals, as well as a health plan, two affiliated medical groups and outpatient facilities.