Hospital workers call on voters to curb new CEO's pay

With hospital executive compensation already drawing media attention comes a group of El Camino Hospital workers, who are still waiting for headway on their contract negotiations, saying they want to go to the voting polls to cap the new CEO's pay, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

Although CEO Tomi Ryba has been at the helm of California-based El Camino for just over a week, her employees want to put a measure on the November 2012 ballot that will target her and eight of the other highest-paid hospital execs, who all make more than $200,000 excluding bonuses, according to an announcement made at the hospital's board of directors meeting Wednesday night.

The Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West, whose members are part of the coalition of hospital workers, sent out a news release the next day announcing the ballot measure, as well as recent CEO salaries, notes the San Jose Mercury News.

Although the news release said former CEO Kenneth Graham earned more than $1.1 million in total compensation in 2010, El Camino spokeswoman Judy Twitchell said Graham earned $890,622. According to previous news reports, the former nonprofit CEO received $948,960 in severance.

As the new president and CEO, Ryba will earn $695,000 a year, plus the potential to make up to 30 percent in benefits, notes the Mercury News. But that pay package could soon be decided by the residents within the hospital's district--Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, most of Sunnyvale, and part of Cupertino.

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