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Sharp declares negotiation impasse with nurses

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Sharp Healthcare in San Diego has declared an impasse in its efforts to reach a bargaining agreement with nurses, despite the sides holding 22 negotiation sessions since July, according to company officials.
Sharp Professional Nurses Network and the United Nurses Association of California rejected Sharp's latest offer Friday night, despite proposed wage increases of 16 to 26 percent over a three-year contract term, Sharp said.
With the negotiations at a legal impasse, Sharp has decided to move forward and implement the economic elements of our offer so our nurses can benefit and be rewarded with wage increases and other compensation improvements from our proposal, even though a new contract has not been signed,'' said Dan Gross, Sharp Healthcare executive vice president of operations.
A message on the union's website refuted Sharp's version of events.

"This is a slap in the face and a clear violation of federal law. It is an insult to our solidarity and our determination to achieve a fair contract,'' the message said. "Management's claim that there is an impasse in our bargaining is false and they know it.''
The average salary for a registered nurse in California is around $100,000 per year and the highest in the nation, according to recently released 2015 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average RN salary at Sharp is $100,416, as confirmed by employee W-2 data.

"It is our sincere desire that the union accept our fair and generous proposal without any further delay,'' Gross said. "Sharp wants to end this prolonged negotiation and enter into a new agreement with the union so we can focus our collective energy on not only providing outstanding care to our patients, but also retaining and recruiting the best and brightest nurses.''
There were no plans to hold further negotiations after Friday's session.
"We are now charging Sharp for additional federal labor law violations at the National Labor Relations Board. Management will be held accountable for their flagrant law-breaking,'' the union statement said.

"This coming week, you will hear a lot more from your Sharp RN bargaining team. We are not taking this sitting down. We are going on the offensive. We are going to turn Sharp's law-breaking into an advantage in our fight for a fair contract.''

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