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County of Santa Clara Update #3 on Work Action, March 12, 2019

News Highlights

  • Hospital operations at Valley Medical Center, O’Connor Hospital, St. Louise Regional Hospital and De Paul Health Center were unaffected by the CNA work action today. High-quality medical services were delivered to patients, without interruption, throughout the day.
  • The vast majority of nursing staff at both hospitals reported to their scheduled day and night shifts. For example, 42 nurses at O’Connor Hospital were scheduled for the evening shift and only 1 called in sick.
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.— Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, O’Connor Hospital, St. Louise Regional Hospital, and De Paul Health Center operations were not affected today by the California Nurses Association (CNA) work action. Services to patients, including appointments and procedures, have been provided throughout the day.

“I’m pleased to report that our staff at these hospitals were able to continue serving their patients and our community,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith, M.D., J.D. “I look forward to working with our new employees to provide excellent healthcare access and medical services at these community hospitals.”

The addition of O’Connor and St. Louise community hospitals to the County Health System has expanded access for all residents to the highest quality healthcare.

Since March 1, the County has welcomed more than 1,600 new employees, including over 650 nursing positions, through the purchase of O’Connor and St. Louise hospitals. Now, as public employees of the County, they receive all the benefits offered to public employees, including participation in the California Public Employment Retirement System (CalPERS).

CNA is not a County of Santa Clara recognized employee organization; therefore, its call for a strike by employees represented by other unions is unlawful. The strike is intended to pressure the County to bargain with CNA, rather than with the unions that represent the job classifications into which the new County employees were hired. It is not the County’s role to decide which unions represent which County employees. That is a matter for County employees to decide, free from County interference, pursuant to the processes for union recognition that are required by state law and local rules and regulations. CNA has not complied with these laws in its attempt to represent the nursing staff at O’Connor and Saint Louise hospitals.

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


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The County of Santa Clara government serves a diverse, multi-cultural population of 1.9 million residents in Santa Clara County, the sixth largest county in California. With 20,000 employees and more than 70 agencies/departments, the County of Santa Clara plans for the needs of a dynamic community, offers quality services, and promotes a healthy, safe and prosperous community for all. The County provides essential services including public health and environmental protection, medical and preventative services through Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System, child and adult protection services, homelessness prevention and solutions, roads, parks, libraries, emergency response to disasters, protection of minority communities and those under threat, access to a fair criminal justice system, and scores of other services, particularly for those members of our community in the greatest need.


Media Contact: Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119,
Last updated: 3/14/2019 1:42 AM