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CURRENT ISSUE:  May 21, 2007VOL. 45, NO. 10Oakland, CA

Santa Rosa Diocese adopts guidelines on union disputes

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Nearly eight years after its approval by a committee of U.S. bishops, a set of guidelines for resolving disputes between unions and Catholic health care institutions has received its first formal endorsement by a U.S. diocese.

The Diocese of Santa Rosa adopted the document at the recommendation of its Priests’ Council after meeting with representatives from the St. Joseph Health System and the Service Employees
International Union, which has been working to organize service and technical workers at six hospitals sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, including Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

The Santa Rosa Diocese “has embraced this framework as principles to be adhered to in any effort to organize diocesan employees,” the priest said. “The diocese is committed to using these guidelines, and we encourage St. Joseph Health System to follow suit,” said Msgr. John Brenkle, pastor of St. Helena Church in St. Helena.


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