The nurses were among 23,000 of their co-workers holding a one-day strike at three-dozen Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente facilities in northern and central California, as well as Oakland Children's Hospital.
Now awaiting California Gov. Jerry Brown's signature is a bill to greatly strengthen the rights of the state's 400,000 farmworkers.
Bargaining went down to the wire, with the latest session scheduled for today between the United Food and Commercial Workers locals that represent 62,000 Southern California grocery workers and their three grocery chain employers: Ralph's, Albertson's and Vons.
On Tuesday, farm workers launched a 13-day, 200-mile march, through California's rich agricultural Central Valley to the State Capitol in Sacramento.
The civil rights, labor and farm worker community is mourning the loss of Richard E. Chavez, long-time farm worker and civil rights advocate.
California's Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, vetoed a bill that would have allowed farm workers to use the card check method to unionize. Brown refused to meet with the farm workers and the 25 legislators that camped outside of his office.
A bill to make it easier for California's 400,000 farmworkers to choose a union passed both houses of the California Legislature.
A huge wage-theft case against a San Francisco Bay Area contractor almost reached the finish line May 26. One last chapter must still be written.
Rite Aid went to work almost immediately on developing an aggressive campaign to block the union organizing drive.
A strike yesterday of over 450 workers in one of the largest foundries on the west coast brought production to a halt Sunday night, at Pacific Steel Castings.