SBCO

Thursday, February 5, 2015 – 08:45 a.m.

The California Nurses Association (CNA) appears to have secured a victory against San Bernardino County.

Last December the union ordered a two-day strike in response to county stonewalling demands for higher wages and better nurse-to-patient ratios, among other conditions.

The labor action impacted Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC), effectively shutting down the facility and forcing the transfer of hundreds of patients to other Southern California hospitals and clogging local emergency rooms with Medi-Cal patients.

Sources now say an eight percent raise is being floated for the nurses.

If it comes to fruition, the increase will be the largest for any county union in almost ten years.

In recent years, the county has been banking tens of millions into its reserves (SBCO Budget Reserves FY2014-15), while at the same time crying broke. To date CNA is the first, and likely only union, to not buy the what the county is selling.

We’ll find out more details, and if the figure sticks, when the agreement goes public.

Nurses throughout the state have been obtaining wage increases as high as thirteen percent.