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California Small Business Association Condemns California Nurses Association's Decision to Call Prolonged Strike at Hospitals Throughout Northern California
Date:3/11/2008

nds from CNA leadership at the bargaining table. Everyone agrees that nurses deserve to be well compensated. And, by all accounts, they are. According to the Hospital Association of Southern California, the average annual salary for a Bay Area Registered Nurse is $106,120.56 per year, before factoring benefits and overtime. That's more than many of California's small business owners earn.

"According to CNA statements and press accounts, the union is demanding tens of millions of dollars in increased costs for pension and retirement health care contributions, even though it's well documented that these nurses receive benefits far in excess of what employees from other industry sectors receive.

"Every healthcare consumer in this region has a vested interest in the outcome of these negotiations. Small business owners and their employees, in particular, cannot afford the continuing skyrocketing costs of healthcare. Employers will be forced to pass higher costs on to employees or worse, drop coverage altogether.

"Healthcare providers have a fiduciary responsibility to hold the line on costs for consumers. That means balancing their need to pay employees well, while also ensuring that compensation packages are reasonable so as not to unnecessarily burden healthcare consumers with even more costs.

"Lastly, it appears that CNA's motivation for conducting these strikes is questionable. According to press reports, as a condition of settlement the union is seeking to force many of these hospitals to accept easier union organizing rights, which would be a boon for the union but bad for employees. CSBA believes that employees should have a right to choose for themselves whether or not to join a union, and we oppose these union 'neutrality' agreements that strip employees of this fundamental right.

"We are hopeful the parties will get back to the bargaining table and avoid these unnecessary and costly strikes. All the while, hospitals must do wh
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