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Fed Up With Low Wages, Nurses Target Hospitals

Law360 (June 20, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- As the American health care system faces skyrocketing costs and a growing nursing shortage, a group of nurses is taking aim at a slew of hospital systems in four federal class actions filed this week, accusing the hospitals of putting their bottom line ahead of fair wages by conspiring to keep nurses' salaries at artificially low levels.

According to the lawsuits, filed in federal courts in Albany, Chicago, Memphis and San Antonio, nearly two dozen unionized and nonunionized hospital systems in the four cities exchanged detailed,...
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