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Nurses at Stanford, Packard hospitals reach tentative contract

Original post made on Apr 30, 2022

The union representing about 5,000 nurses at Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital have reached a tentative agreement for a new contract, a move that would end a strike that began on Monday, April 25.

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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Apr 30, 2022 at 3:01 pm

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So, this wasn't about money, yet everything mentioned was an increase in salary, large increases in retirement, vacation, etc. When you're making 118% above the national average. Hmm.

Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2022 at 5:41 pm

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They deserve more - and our everlasting thanks.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Apr 30, 2022 at 7:17 pm

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Another local paper sent a 5PM news alert with a more complete account of the proposed settlement including the paragraph "Stanford also guaranteed an additional week of pre-scheduled vacation for all nurses starting in 2024, as well as additional protections against workplace violence, including a new response team at the children’s hospital." Web Link

I showed it to a Stanford nurse friend who laughed and said, " Tone deaf! Not a word about understaffing and they thing we're going to wait until 2024 for another week of vacation!"

Posted by Bill Bucy
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 30, 2022 at 8:29 pm

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I'm glad to hear the nurses will be returning to work. Had there been a disaster there would have been no one on hand to tell the doctors what to do.

Posted by Ugh
a resident of Midtown
on May 1, 2022 at 5:19 pm

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The nurses are tone deaf. There are nurse and doctor shortages everywhere, and they already make up upwards of $350K a year at Stanford. Search the nursing job listings at Stanford. That's more than some doctors!!! Who, by the way, don't strike themselves because doing so is unethical by compromising patient care.

Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on May 2, 2022 at 6:40 am

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What about the working conditions and staffing cutbacks?

Posted by Citizen
a resident of College Terrace
on May 2, 2022 at 10:56 am

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Unions are a menace. Won't this raise medical costs for all? 17% raise over 3 years?

Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Greenmeadow
on May 2, 2022 at 10:58 am

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I'm confused. My understanding was that it was work conditions were the primary issue and it "wasn't about money", yet they are willing to settle without any changes in staffing. This article would be more helpful if more context was provided -- what will be the average salary relative to the national average once the raise is in place? What is the current salary range and what is it based on? What are the current vacation benefits? Sick leave, health, and retirement benefits? What are the proposed changes in benefits? We need deeper investigative reporting.

Posted by Mary
a resident of Los Altos
on May 2, 2022 at 9:29 pm

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@neighbor. It doesn’t matter if they are paid higher than the national average. This is Silicon Valley where the average house is 2.5M. Probably even more now. Do not compare nurses from other states where average house cost is $400k. They are fighting to be able to sustain living here while serving our community.
@ugh I don’t understand your sentiment towards nurses. I am happy they reached an agreement. Now they can go back to what they do best and that is giving our community world class care. Don’t compare nurses to doctors. They both have different roles in the hospitals and they work hand in hand. Nurses stay longer at our bedside though, if you have never been admitted to the hospital. They have been through A LOT for the past years while most of us stayed home. My poor neighbor/friend even had to sacrifice living in a hotel for several months because she didn’t want to risk infecting us her neighbors and families. They deserve everything they are getting and even more especially our gratitude and support. The quality of care you will be getting depends on their working conditions. They fought for that so thank them in case one day you will be needing their care.