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Sharp Nurses Approve New Contract

The nurses at Sharp HealthCare have agreed to a new three-year contract that includes health care benefits after they retire.

More than 3,300 nurses casts their votes late into the night on July 19 in favor of the new contract, ending months of negotiations between Sharp and the union that represents the nurses.

In addition to better retirement benefits, the new contract includes a new process for resolving disputes in the workplace.

“We’re pleased we’ve reached an agreement and we look forward to everyone working together to provide excellent patient care,” said Sharp spokesman John Cihomsky.

The nurses at all of Sharp’s four acute care hospitals and related facilities in San Diego County are represented by Pomona-based United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Professionals, or UNAC.

Corinne Hollings, president of the Sharp Professional Nurses Network, was among those willing to lead a three-day strike had the new contract not emerged this week.

“We negotiated for these provisions to show our respect for nurses who have dedicated their whole lives to taking care of patients,” said Hollings, an emergency room nurse.

The nurses had vowed to start the strike July 16. The strike was called off when union and Sharp officials emerged from a July 14 meeting with a tentative agreement.

Following this week’s vote by the nurses to accept the agreement, the nurses pledged to issue an annual report to the community to document steps taken to improve quality of care throughout the Sharp system.

, Jessica Long

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