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STANFORD -- Stanford University Hospital and representatives of its 1,026 staff registered nurses reached tentative agreement Tuesday, March 10, on a two-year contract, negotiators announced.

Details of the contract were not disclosed pending a ratification vote scheduled for Thursday by the Committee for the Recognition of Nursing Achievement (CRONA), the nurses' union.

"A lengthy and detailed set of negotiations has finally culminated in a tentative contract," said Mike Vartain, chief of the hospital negotiating team and university senior counsel.

"We came to an agreement which we believe will answer the patient care issues," said Donalda Dunnett, a CRONA spokesperson. She explained that union leaders would disclose details of the contract to the membership at a series of meetings on Wednesday. A ratification vote was scheduled throughout the following day, she said.

Contract information meetings, open only to CRONA members, were scheduled in Fairchild Auditorium Wednesday at 7:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Voting in Fairchild Auditorium on Thursday was scheduled from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Dunnett said.

The nurses had continued to work under a previous contract, which expired Feb. 29. Five days earlier, the union membership had authorized negotiators to call a strike, but no strike notice was issued during negotiations.

Contract talks began Jan 7, Vartain said. A federal mediator joined the talks Feb. 28.


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