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The Organization 18 What About Strikes? Strike Facts With CNA/NNU, strikes are rare and typically last one to three days. A strike is the most drastic tactic used in the negotiation process and, when used, is done with careful preparation. In 95 percent of CNA/NNU's negotiations, RNs have won successful contracts without strikes. RNs Organize to Improve Patient Care and Their Working Lives as Professionals, Not to Strike When RNs do vote to strike, they create mechanisms to ensure the well-being of their patients and the community. These include a Patient Protection Task Force and a 10-day written strike notice to give the hospital time to prepare. Only RNs Themselves Can Decide to Strike CNA/NNU organizers, representatives, or other staff do not call strikes. A strike occurs only after a majority of the represented nurses in your hospital decide to do so in a secret ballot strike vote. How CNA/NNU Nurses Protect Patients in the Event of a Strike When CNA/NNU RNs strike, they create several mechanisms to ensure the well-being of their patients and community. 10-Day Notice: The nurses give the hospital written notice, 10 days in advance, of their intent to strike as required by law. This is to give the hospital time to stop admitting new patients and begin the process of transferring patients who can be safely moved. Patient Protection Task Force: A task force of RNs meets to help make the process of patient transfers and hospital phase-down go as smoothly as possible. Before the strike begins, the task force determines which patients may be safely transferred each day. Nurse-Controlled Emergency Care: The Patient Protection Task Force makes a professional nursing assessment of each situation where emergency assis- tance is requested after the strike begins and will assign a nurse to stabilize the patient if necessary. "Our 2014 Kaiser negotiations did not start well. At each bargaining session, Kaiser ignored our proposals for stronger patient care protections by hiring more staff RNs), workplace protection language (for RNs exposed to needle stick injuries, and infectious diseases like Ebola and MRSA), and ability of RNs to take time off to vol- unteer in disaster efforts through RNRN and others. We needed to strike. Our strike showed the power and determination of the RNs, which led to our victory. Our proposals were accepted and we got more. Some highlights include that Kaiser will hire at minimum 540 new RNs, which will improve staffing and quality of care. We got new health and safety language which will include accidental death and dismemberment benefit in recognition of how RNs are harmed by workplace violence. Kaiser even agreed to provide paid release time for 25 RNs to participate in disaster relief efforts through RNRN." Zenei Triunfo-Cortez, RN, CNA/NNU Council of Presidents Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco | South San Francisco, California

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