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Hospital giant fails in bid to swipe nurses' sick days

Salon, October 15, 2013

One of the country's largest and most profitable hospital chains has been defeated in its effort to take away its nurses' sick days, according to the union that mounted nine strikes there over the past two years. "The nurses would've come to work sick, and the patients' health would've declined," said California Nurses Association Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro. "Because the nurses would be exposing current patients to the past patients' illnesses." While nurses "take the risk of being around very sick people," DeMoro told Salon, they "are not super-women." According to CNA, eliminating paid sick days was one of nearly 200 concessions sought by California healthcare giant Sutter Health, in negotiations over union contracts covering 3,000 nurses and hundreds of other employees at central California hospitals.