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Nurses at 9 Bay Area hospitals go on day strike

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 25, 2012 at 12:12 am •  Published: December 25, 2012

About 90 percent of 5,000 nurses represented by CNA took part in the strike, the union said, while hospital officials said about only half of the union nurses refused to go to work.

As in previous strikes, the hospitals brought in replacement nurses to fill in for striking nurse, but unlike past strikes, returning nurses won't be "locked out" and will be able to return to work at Sutter's facilities when the one-day strike ends, Kemp said.

Nurses who try to return to work at the two Hospital Corporation of America hospitals won't be allowed to return to work for an additional four days after the strike ends because the facilities hired replacement nurses on five-day contracts, said Leslie Kelsay, a spokeswoman for Good Samaritan Hospital, one of the HCA hospitals where the nurses went on strike.

The walkout by the nurses joined a growing list of recent strikes by workers represented by other unions in California, including an eight-day walk-off by clerical workers at the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors that stalled billions of dollars of cargo and left container ships stranded off the California coast.

Also last month, a one-day strike by custodians and electrical workers shut down the Port of Oakland, workers at West Sacramento-based grocery chain Raley's walked off the job — the first strike in the company's 77-year-history — and nurses at Sonoma County's Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital walked off the job for three days.