Contract Talks Stalled Between Nurses And County

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, July 6, 2006

Contract negotiations between the county and the California Nurses Association are stalled over wages and staffing levels. 

"We’re still far apart." 

Erik Conradson with the union says there’s been a 34% turnover rate among nurses at the jail and other public health offices. He says that’s because of sub-standard wages. And he says nurses at the jail are worried about their safety. 

"There’s a care delivery crisis going on right now and based on what we’ve seen at the table so far, we’re not confident that the county negotiating team has gotten the picture yet."  

Sheriff’s officials did not answer our requests for comment but have been quoted in published reports saying they’ll do what they can to make nursing positions at the jail more desirable.