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September 27, 2011 > Some nurses in Calif. strike barred from work

Some nurses in Calif. strike barred from work

Submitted By AP Wire Service

SAN FRANCISCO (AP), Sep 23 - Some of the nurses who took part in a one-day strike at hospitals in Northern and Central California are not being allowed by hospital management to resume work immediately.

The lockout that began on Friday affects at least eight hospitals run by the not-for-profit Sutter Health. It also affects the independent Children's Hospital Oakland.

The California Nurses Association, the union that organized Thursday's strike, says the hospitals are punishing nurses who participated in the walkout. California Nurses Association spokesman Charles Idelson said the nurses will not get paid while they don't work.

Hospital officials dispute the union's allegation, saying they entered into contracts for replacement nurses, and those contracts require a minimum number of days of service.

At Children's Hospital Oakland, that's five days. The Sutter Health facilities vary but can also be five days.

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