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Nurses at dozens of hospitals strike
SAN FRANCISCO — Nurses began picketing Thursday morning outside dozens of Northern and Central California hospitals as part of a one-day strike over benefit cuts and other concessions sought by hospital management.
The strike at 33 not-for-profit hospitals run by Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health and at the independent Children’s Hospital Oakland began at 7 a.m., said Charles Idelson, a spokesman for the California Nurses Association, which organized the strike.
The union expects nearly 23,000 nurses to walk off the job at the hospitals, which include Kaiser facilities in Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose, and the Berkeley and Oakland campuses of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, a Sutter Health-affiliated hospital.
Hospital officials said they have made preparations for the strike. Some Sutter Health facilities are expected to bring in replacement nurses, as is Children’s Hospital Oakland.
Children’s Hospital also has rescheduled elective surgeries, said Erin Goldsmith, a hospital spokeswoman.
The focus of the planned strike is Sutter Health, where contract talks are under way at a number of hospitals.
Transit agency backed in ‘93 WTC bombing case
ALBANY — New York’s top court on Thursday found the World Trade Center managers immune from negligence claims for failing to deter the 1993 parking garage bombing that killed six people and injured about 1,000.
The Court of Appeals, divided 4-3 in reversing lower courts, concluded that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs area airports and owns the trade center site, is entitled to government immunity for its security measures at the building.
The decision is unlikely to affect settled claims but could mean the transit agency doesn’t have to pay those that are still outstanding.
About 200 claims in the case were filed by 648 plaintiffs, and most have been settled privately. A handful of personal injury claims remain, plus one for business interruption by tenant Cantor Fitzgerald seeking hundreds of millions of dollars.
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