Court Rules Chino Valley Medical Center Must Negotiate With Nurses

April 2012

The United States Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. has ruled that Chino Valley Medical Center must negotiate with Chino RNs for a first contract covering our wages, hours and working conditions.

The nurses at CVMC voted to join the United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals almost two years ago, in April, 2010. With this decision the court reaffirmed that choice, which can no longer be challenged by CVMC.

This is not the first legal victory for Chino RNs. In October, 2011 an administrative law judge found that CVMC had engaged in “egregious widespread misconduct” including threats, intimidation and retaliatory discipline against its own nurses for organizing their union. The judge ordered CVMC to cease and desist from the misconduct.

CVMC is owned by Prime Healthcare, Inc., which has also come under scrutiny by federal and state government agencies for its billing and other suspect practices.