Monday, June 24, 2002

Media Contact:
Paul Schwartz
(510) 987-9924

Media Advisory

The University of California and the California Nurses Association (CNA) have completed ratification of their recent tentative contract agreement, signifying final settlement.

CNA concluded its ratification votes late on Friday, June 21. UC had concluded its ratification earlier in the week.

The agreement provides pay increases that average 19-25 percent systemwide over the three years for UC's approximately 8,000 nurses throughout its five medical centers, nine student health centers, and numerous outpatient clinics.

The contract reflects the high regard UC has for its nursing staff and recognizes the dedication and skill UC nurses bring to their work. Additionally, the University expects that the new contract will help it attract and retain highly skilled and experienced nurses to continue the level of quality patient care for which UC is known.

The contract does not provide for any minimum RN-to-patient staffing ratios, since those ratios will be established next year by the State of California. The parties did, however, agree to work cooperatively through local joint advisory committees in adapting, where necessary, to the new
state-mandated ratios.

The agreement is closed on all issues for three years, ensuring an extended period of labor peace. This is the first three-year contract between the parties.

Contract negotiations between UC and CNA began on February 13 and concluded on June 17, 2002.

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