DALLAS The California Nurses Association said Monday that Tenet Healthcare Corp. has agreed to allow representation elections for at least 3,000 nonunion nurses outside California. Over the weekend, registered nurses at nine Tenet hospitals in California approved a four-year deal providing annual pay raises of 4 percent plus a 2.5 percent increase halfway through the first year. Some nurses would get additional raises in the second, third and fourth years of the contract, and the union said average pay would rise 25.5 percent over the life of the contract.

The union said the agreement also included nurse-to-patient ratios and a promise that new technology won't cost nursing jobs. About 3,500 registered nurses are covered by the California agreement. The agreement "provides wage predictability for us at our CNA-affiliated hospitals in California, which is important as the company continues its turnaround initiatives," said Tenet spokesman Steve Campanini. Dallas-based Tenet is struggling with falling admissions but rising numbers of uninsured patients.

This month, the company posted a $30 million loss for the second quarter and cut its profit outlook for the full year by 4 to 9 percent.

Nurses' union will try to organize Tenet hospitals outside Calif. | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle


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