On the morning of June 26, about 35 Petaluma Valley Hospital (PVH) nurses and their families gathered to march down East Washington Street to raise awareness of the hospital’s unfair employment practices. Their signs declared “Patients Before Profits,” “Fair Contract or PVH RNs Strike,” and “Patient Safety is Our Priority,” among others. The nurses are angered at what they deem inequitable pay and restricting benefits, attempts at limiting union representation, and unscrupulous and damaging practices such as scheduling traveling nurses before core staff.
Normally the last school board meeting of the year is routine. One school year ends, the next one starts in the fall. Graduations are over. Students and staff go on summer vacation. However, this is anything but a normal year. There were more questions than answers at the Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District virtual board meeting held on Tuesday June 23.