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Nurses, hospitals still negotiating

Four-month-old talks continue with merit pay a sticking point for RNs, who consider it unethical

Posted: April 2, 2009 12:25 a.m.
Updated: April 2, 2009 6:00 a.m.
 
Talks between California Nurses Association negotiators and Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital officials continue in an attempt to settle a compensation dispute between the two sides, hospital spokeswoman Laura Young said Wednesday.

The four-month-old dispute involves a disagreement over merit pay. The hospital wants to offer merit pay, the nurses object to it.

The hospital proposed an hourly differential paid to nurses who receive high ratings on their annual performance reviews.

Nurses said in earlier reports the proposal would reward nurses for “not challenging management cutbacks on patient safety.”

Hospital officials said the idea was to reward nurses for high performance and for demonstrating the hospital’s core values such as integrity, team work, accountability and more.

In a 2-1 vote on March 5, registered nurses at the Santa Clarita Valley’s only hospital authorized their negotiating team to call a strike over this matter if necessary.

“There is no update other than the fact that we are still continuing to work with the union to schedule more bargaining dates,” Young said.

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