Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Declare Nursing Contract Impasse With CRONA

Hospitals to Implement 4% Wage Increase; Many of the Contract Benefits Proposed

STANFORD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital announced today that contract negotiations with the Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement (CRONA) have reached a stalemate and officially declare impasse.

“We are disappointed that after more than a year of contract negotiations with CRONA, which included participation in extensive federal mediation, tentative agreements which failed to be ratified by union vote, and additional exploration of potential agreements through a federal mediator, that it will not be possible to reach mutually acceptable contract settlements at this time,” said Greg Souza, Vice President of Human Resources for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. “We feel strongly that our offers advance nursing practice and programs and provide our patients with the very best in patient care,” continued Souza.

In January 2010, the Hospitals entered into a series of frequent bargaining sessions with CRONA. Following the rejection of the Hospitals’ Last, Best and Final Offers in March, the Hospitals and CRONA participated in several months of federal mediation. The Hospitals and CRONA drafted and signed tentative contract agreements in December. The agreements required that a simple majority of CRONA membership vote for ratification, which was not achieved.

The Hospitals will now begin to implement parts of the Last, Best and Final Offers as allowed in situations of impasse.

These provisions include:

  • 4 percent wage increases for all nurses
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) similar to what other employees receive at the Hospitals
  • New Extended Sick Leave (ESL) and Bereavement Leave benefits
  • A new Professional Nurse Development Program providing career development opportunities for all nurses

“We firmly believe that these provisions reflect the high regard we have for our nursing staff and our commitment to nursing excellence,” said Dale Spartz, Vice President of Human Resources for Stanford Hospital & Clinics. “We look forward to a time when we can reach contracts with CRONA.”

CRONA represents approximately 2,700 registered nurses at Stanford and Packard Children’s Hospitals. The contracts between CRONA and the Hospitals expired on March 31, 2010.

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About Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is annually ranked as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, and is the only San Francisco Bay Area children’s hospital with programs ranked in the U.S. News Top Ten. The 311-bed hospital is devoted to the care of children and expectant mothers, and provides pediatric and obstetric medical and surgical services in association with the Stanford University School of Medicine. Packard Children's offers patients locally, regionally and nationally a full range of health-care programs and services, from preventive and routine care to the diagnosis and treatment of serious illness and injury. For more information, visit

About Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Stanford Hospital & Clinics is known worldwide for advanced treatment of complex disorders in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer treatment, neurosciences, surgery, and organ transplants. Consistently ranked among the top institutions in the U.S. News & World Report annual list of "America's Best Hospitals," Stanford Hospital & Clinics is internationally recognized for translating medical breakthroughs into the care of patients. It is part of the Stanford University Medical Center, along with the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. For more information, visit


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