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Bridge, Linda S. | Special Collections & Archives

Name: Bridge, Linda S.

Historical Note:

At Glendale Memorial Hospital (GMHHC) in mid-2000 the California Nurses Association (CNA) had their organizers stationed outside each of the GMHHC employee entrances. As the Registered Nurses left the facility at the end of their shifts various organizers approached us to ask if we would be interested in unionizing and joining CNA.

For six months CNA worked hard to organize GMHHC. The Union was in the process of organizing a number of Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) facilities. At this point Saint Bernadine’s in San Bernardino was going to have its vote first The Union won by a large margin. GMHHC’s vote was taken shortly thereafter.  But it was won only by the narrowest of margins – 51%. There was a vote of the membership electing the negotiating team to represent them with the `first contract’ negotiators for CNA. Linda Bridge and four others were elected. CHW and CNA corporate leadership agreed to not have a major fight in order to establish a first contract. With this agreement only eleven meetings were required to develop GMHHC’s first contract that was to last 2 ½ years.

In 2003 Bridge was elected one of three negotiators for GMHHC. Negotiating this contract was different from the first one in as much as ½ of it was accepted from the negotiated contracts of CHW facilities in Northern California. The other ½ of the contract were items that were facility specific. As a Nurse Representative Bridge helped both the RN’s and management of the Maternal-Child Health department learn the contract and its application to our nursing responsibilities.

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