Union to announce results of Sharp nurse contract vote

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SAN DIEGO -- The union representing nurses at Sharp Healthcare facilities in San Diego County Thursday will tabulate votes cast by members on whether to ratify a tentative three-year contract.

Union leaders recommended that the rank-and-file approve the deal reached last Friday. Results of the voting are expected to be announced early this afternoon.

The nurses had planned a three-day walkout last week, but it was headed off when the union and Sharp management agreed on provisions regarding union membership. That spurred further negotiations that led to the tentative agreement.

During months of talks, Sharp offered raises to the nurses -- who work at Sharp Memorial and Mary Birch Hospitals in San Diego, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center and Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa.

Their union leaders, however, had considered the pay hikes too small to reduce what they considered to be a high turnover rate that affected the work environment and patient care.

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