A veteran of many contract campaigns said the recent talks were like nothing she had ever experienced at the bargaining table.
Hospital chains demand that its nurses virtually give up their health insurance; patient safety and quality of patient care are also top issues.
"I am incredibly proud that there is finally a candidate speaking to the values I've held my whole life," said one worker.
RNs will join actions in over 25 U.S. cities to honor Medicare and Medicaid's 50th anniversary.
"The union lost. The company was able to manipulate the election procedure to delay the election date."
"The pact shows the chain recognizes the nurses' devotion to assuring the highest level of quality care for patients as well as protections for the nurses who deliver that care."
Concerns about safe staffing levels are one cause of the planned strikes: RNs are unable to take meal and rest breaks without leaving patients with inadequate staffing care
National Nurses United and the Congressional Progressive Caucus relaunched their drive for a financial transactions tax.
"These disgraceful firings are being carried out in direct retaliation for the public advocacy of these courageous nurses."
One-day strikes affected seven Summit hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area, involving up to 3,200 nurses and several hundred medical technicians.