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March 12, 2019: STATEMENT from County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith, M.D., J.D.


The County respects the right of its employees to select the organization of their choice for purposes of representation. The California Nurses Association (CNA) does not currently represent any County employees, nor has it taken any of the steps necessary to become the lawful representative of any County employees. Instead, it is using an unlawful strike in its dispute with other unions that represent the County’s employees at O’Connor and Saint Louise hospitals, trying to force the County to ignore its obligations to those unions. The County will continue to meet its obligation to recognize the existing unions that represent our employees in accordance with existing contracts, as well as applicable laws, rules and regulations. 

The County acquired O’Connor Hospital, St. Louise Regional Hospital, and the De Paul Health Center to expand access to healthcare for all County residents, and to preserve the jobs of more than 1,600 employees. This important work will continue during the CNA work action today. The County has taken all necessary steps to ensure that high-quality medical services, patient care, and all hospital operations will be unaffected by the CNA work action.

For updates on the acquisition of the hospitals and the work action, please visit

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Media ContactLaurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119.​​

Last updated: 3/12/2019 8:11 AM