The California Nurses Association(CNA) bargaining unit for Ventura County took a big hit from the county. After a year of bargaining, the county imposed its cuts to the 500 + membership recieving retirement benefits. In a trend across the nation, state and local governments are slashing pensions in the name of reforms. But, many rank and file workers like the CNA members believe that true reformm needs to start at the top of the heap not at the bottom. Nurses have always paid 50% or more into their retirement and get far less than safety workers who paid nothing yet reaped the greatest rewards. Now with scandolous fees being paid out to these top salaried workers nurses can’t help but ask : “Why are we footing the bill for the abuses made by the few?” More will be revealed as the county plans to balance their budget while opening expensive new clinics without the man-power to operate them. Watch the politicians squirm when there jobs come up for re-election. We nurses have long memories and we won’t forget how we’ve been treated.