Alameda Hospital and CNA are continuing negotiations to secure a new collective bargaining agreement for the Alameda Hospital registered nurses, who are critical to delivering quality care and are the primary caregivers for those needing our services. We are committed to reaching an agreement that recognizes and rewards their contribution and enables us to sustain essential services to the community we serve.

During bargaining, Alameda Health Systems has two key goals:

  1. Reaching a clear easily understandable contract that benefits both AHS and the California Nurses Association by outlining in clear terms management’s obligations to employees that protects the integrity and administration of the contract while avoiding conflicts and minimizes the time lost in the dispute resolution process.
  2. Safeguarding the hospital’s ability to manage resources effectively and responsibly by investing limited resources toward key priorities, such as:

      a.      Remaining market competitive in order to attract and retain skilled and experienced nurses. The average salary of a regular nurse at Alameda Hospital is $74.14 per hour. The Hospital seeks to maintain our current competitive market position.

      b.       Maintaining affordability and access to health and welfare benefits by minimizing increases to employee premiums.

Key Issues:

  1. Wages: In February 2019, Alameda Hospital proposed annual increases of 2% per year for five years with the first 2% increase effective following ratification. The CNA has not responded to this proposal.
  2. Floating: AH has proposed a fair system for floating, which is to float nurses from units that are overstaffed to units that are understaffed or require additional staff due to patient acuity.
  3. Performance Practice Committee: AH has committed to investing more than $15,500 per year into the PPC by proposing 1 nurse per unit, up to a maximum of six (6) nurses from throughout the hospital to be released up to 3 hours each, per month to participate on the PPC.

Alameda Hospital has presented a number of proposals since bargaining began at the end of 2018. While we have reached agreement on a few items, a critical mass of these proposals is still awaiting formal action from the union.

The CNA has called for a strike vote. We continue to have confidence. Continued work at the bargaining table will result in an agreement that recognizes the value of our nurses in delivering quality care and a great patient experience and that allows the organization to continue to provide sustainable services into the future.