"The pact shows the chain recognizes the nurses' devotion to assuring the highest level of quality care for patients as well as protections for the nurses who deliver that care."
Concerns about safe staffing levels are one cause of the planned strikes: RNs are unable to take meal and rest breaks without leaving patients with inadequate staffing care
National Nurses United and the Congressional Progressive Caucus relaunched their drive for a financial transactions tax.
"These disgraceful firings are being carried out in direct retaliation for the public advocacy of these courageous nurses."
One-day strikes affected seven Summit hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area, involving up to 3,200 nurses and several hundred medical technicians.
"This is precedent-setting both in terms of the rights of RNs in the VA system and for protecting patient care standards."
The National Nurses Union led a coalition of U.S. unions that demonstrated in six cities on Nov. 30 to back British public workers, who staged a one-day strike.
The nurses were among 23,000 of their co-workers holding a one-day strike at three-dozen Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente facilities in northern and central California, as well as Oakland Children's Hospital.
Whistle-blower nurses from Winkler County, Texas, won a victory with the conviction of County Sheriff Robert Roberts.
National Nurses United says they will speak out about income and economic inequality and its impact on themselves and their patients - and get the rest of the country to do so, too.