Stanford, Packard nurses to end strike with new agreement

Thousands of nurses are set to stop striking after reaching a tentative agreement late Friday for a new contract with Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

After days of negotiations, the nurses union announced it had secured a 7% wage increase of 7% increase this year, along with a 5% increase effective at the start of next April, another increase effective in April 2024 and large increases to nurses’ retirement benefits. The union’s membership still needs to vote through the weekend on whether to approve the agreement.

The hospitals also guaranteed an additional week of pre-scheduled vacation for all nurses starting in 2024.

Union leaders had cited fatigue and burnout among thousands of healthcare workers in the region as reasons to strike, but wavered in recent days after discovering that the hospitals had the legal ability to rescind the health benefits of the nurses who participated.

This story will be updated.

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