|By Jeremy B. White, The Sacramento Bee|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West dropped the effort after reaching what officials described as a sweeping labor agreement with the
The union had decried wildly inflated hospital prices as a burden on the health care system, pointing to hefty charges for everything from medical procedures to bandages. The union also argued for caps on executive compensation at nonprofit hospitals.
All along, medical industry critics depicted the two-pronged campaign as a union ploy to put pressure on hospitals and win concessions for workers. Money had already started flowing for the ballot push, with SEIU reporting having raised
Now the two sides have found a compromise.
"We have continuously been striving to find a non-initiative solution,"
In a deal that will run through the end of 2017, the two sides have agreed to what SEIU-UHW President
A centerpiece of the new relationship will involve deploying a
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