Nurses issue strike notification at Lynwood hospital

St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood
St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood
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Contract negotiations have broken down between nurses and management at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood. The nurses now plan to walk off the job for three days.

The two sides have been bargaining unsuccessfully since May on a new contract. A spokeswoman for the nurses union says the hospital’s last offer failed to address two key issues: an underfunded pension plan and short staffing, especially in the emergency room.

St. Francis is one of the few ERs still serving South LA, Lynwood and nearby cities since King-Drew Medical Center closed four years ago. The nurses voted Tuesday to strike from Sept. 12-14.

In a statement, St. Francis Medical Center managers said they were disappointed that the nurses called a strike vote. But they also said the Catholic hospital will be fully operational during the strike, and is committed to continue negotiating with the nurses in good faith.