• NLRB Administrative Law Judge Wacknov dismissed a charge filed by the California Nurses Association against the California Pacific Medical Center, alleging a violation of NLRA § 8(a)(5). The charge alleged that CPMC implemented an unlawful unilateral change in employee health insurance benefits. After the contract expiration and a 10-month negotiations hiatus, CPMC proposed changes in health benefits so that the 816 employees would be insured under a self-funded insurance program. Five fruitless negotiation sessions transpired before CPMC declared impasse and announced its intention to implement the changes to the employees’ health care plans.
  • Almost 800 members of the California Nurses Association struck Children’s Hospital Oakland for three days. The strike occurred in the midst of difficult negotiations concerning health care premiums and a hospital proposal that nurses with more than 20 years seniority work on weekends.
  • In Chicago, 600 union members of UNITE HERE Local 1 joined Hilton employees from San Francisco and Honolulu in a three-day strike. The workers, including housekeepers, dishwashers, cooks, bell staff, and food servers, are part of a broader group of 6,500 workers employed in 30 Chicago hotels. The parties’ collective bargaining agreements have expired, and negotiations for a new agreement have progressed slowly.