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Sharp nurses vote on possible strike

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Nurses at Sharp HealthCare are voting on a possible strike Thursday. 
     
They're asking for competitive pay while claiming other hospitals pay better. Sharp says it's moving forward with its offer, even without a signed contract. 

Sharp HealthCare Statement on Union Strike Authorization Meetings:

Sharp HealthCare encourages SPNN/UNAC to not authorize a strike, but rather commit to the economic proposal presented to them over a series of our past 22 negotiating sessions. Along with Sharp leadership, many nurses, employees and physicians believe Sharp's nurse wage increases of 16 to 26 percent over a three-year period are exceedingly generous. This is especially true in light of national average annual wage increases predicted at just 3 percent, along with the ongoing priority for health care providers to control health care costs for employers and consumers. 
 
Following repeated rejections of Sharp's economic proposal, Sharp announced last Friday, Oct. 28, that it will implement the wage increases offered to SPNN/UNAC, effective Nov. 6. Sharp does not believe any actions taken regarding increasing nurse wages are illegal as claimed by SPNN/UNAC. Sharp's last union contract was negotiated three years ago, and we believe our nurses should have wage and compensation enhancements now. These increases will further support Sharp wage competitiveness.  Sharp assesses wage competitiveness by utilizing independently collected data for San Diego County health care organizations. Sharp does not determine wage competitiveness by comparing one or two organizations. The average annual salary for our RNs at Sharp is $100, 416 and the state average is $100,000, according to recently released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.        .
 
For 2015, Sharp's full-and part-time registered nurse turnover rate was lower than San Diego, Southern California and state averages.  We evaluate our turnover rate through data collected by an independent organization. Sharp wishes that our nurse turnover was zero and continuously seeks to reduce it. We are also acutely aware that competing San Diego health care organizations are currently expanding their facilities and aggressively pursuing our exceedingly competent and talented nurses.  Sharp wants to assure the public that Sharp meets all state and national nurse-to-patient staffing ratios and is prepared for a nurse strike if that presents. We will continue to do everything that is prudent to prevent a nurse strike. As it has for decades, Sharp remains committed to providing cost efficient, high-quality care to all San Diegans and remain San Diego's health care leader.   

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