More than 700 nurses went on strike at Children's Hospital Oakland this morning at 7 a.m., yet the facillity remained open.
Nurses at the hospital have been working without a contract since July 13, according to the California Nurses Association, which represents them. The union and the hospital administration are locked in a dispute over wages and healthcare benefits. The strike is scheduled to continue for three days with the hospital hiring replacement nurses to fill in for those walking off the job.
"Cutting health benefits for nurses, other hospital workers and our families is an unfair and unnecessary way for the hospital to make up for years of bad managment," said Martha Khul a hemtaology-oncology RN at Children's who is treasurer of the CNA, in a statement.
"This is about the CNA not being able to acknowledge and accept changes that are occurring throughout the country related to wages and healthcare," said Nancy Shibata, the hospital's chief nursing officer in a statement. Children's Hospital has lost more than $69 million over the past four years, including $26 million in 2009 alone, according to a hospital press release.