UC Nurses Offered Higher Wages, Improved Benefits

    UC Nurses Offered Higher Wages, Improved Benefits


    University recently announced their proposal to the
    California Nurses Association regarding a new labor contract for UC nurses,
    which includes market-based increases in salary as well as health and pension
    benefits equivalent to other university staff.

    The proposal is part of an ongoing effort to ensure good
    wages and benefits for UC nurses and uninterrupted care to patients. The instatement of the new contract is
    contingent on the union’s acceptance of the agreement by the end of scheduled
    negotiations on Oct. 17.

    “We are offering what we believe to be an extremely fair
    proposal, one that recognizes the critical role our nurses play in providing
    outstanding care to our patients,” said Howard Pripas, executive director for
    UC labor relations, in a press release. “We have been bargaining in good faith
    for the past six months, and the time has come to conclude these negotiations.”

    The CNA was legally barred by court order from conducting
    strikes against UC hospitals during contract negotiations in 2005. However, the threat of striking cost UC
    medical centers approximately $9 million in emergency operational provisions
    such as additional staffing.

    Recently, CNA has called strikes at several non-UC hospitals
    in California. Negotiations with the union began in April 2007.

    There are more than 8,800 nurses in the UC medical
    system.


    Regents Receive $30.4M in Microsoft Settlement


    Although Microsoft and Eolas Technologies Inc. refused to
    reveal the terms of their high-profile patent dispute, the University of
    California’s status as a public entity obligated the recent disclosure of what
    it received from the deal.

    The UC Board of Regents was awarded $30.4 million, UC Office
    of the President spokesman Trey Davis said on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Web site.

    Microsoft and Eolas reached a settlement in August. The
    University of California was named a plaintiff in the litigation because it
    licensed the technology to Eolas.

    Eolas had alleged that Internet Explorer violated its patent
    for accessing interactive content on Web pages. The agreement resolves a case
    in which Microsoft was previously hit with a judgment of more than $500
    million.

    “The litigation with Microsoft has taken a great deal of
    management time and effort and significant financial resources,” Mark C.
    Swords, Eolas’ chief operating officer, said in a letter posted on the Seattle
    P-I Web site. “We are very pleased that
    we now can focus our resources on commercializing our existing intellectual
    property portfolio and developing new fundamental technologies.”

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