Faith Nisperos lived up to her billing, leading NSNU's offense with crisp attacks while ace setter Joyme Cagande kept the team's offense going all throughout as the Lady Bullpups completed their domination of the week-long event sponsored by Rebisco and organized by Metropolitan Sports and Events Group Inc.
On its way to the championship, NSNU swept the Pool A elims, including title contender Hope Christian High School (HCHS), then ripped host Holy Rosary College, also in three, in the crossover semifinals of the event backed by Mikasa and Asics which drew 12 of the top high school squads in the NCR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The victory also augured well for NSNU's title bid in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines girls volleyball against fancied University of Santo Tomas.
The victories also set up NSNU
against HRC and De La Salle-Lipa versus Hope Christian in a pair of explosive crossover semifinal matches being played at presstime.
While the government was ready to increase wages to recruit and retain more nurses, its opening offer, six per cent over three years, was far less than the unions wanted: the NSNU and NSGEU demanded 25 per cent and 22.5 per cent over three years, respectively.
By May 2001, the government had increased its offer to 8.5 per cent to the NSGEU, and to 10.5 per cent to the NSNU. The NSGEU leadership urged its members to reject the government's offer, while the NSNU urged its members to accept it.
More significantly, NSNU nurses defied their union leadership in rejecting the tentative settlement by a 75% majority.
The Healthcare Services Continuation (2001) Act (26) applied only to Halifax-area health care workers, dividing them into four groups: (a) nurses represented by the NSGEU, (b) other health care workers represented by the NSGEU, (c) Halifax-area nurses represented by the NSNU, and (d) other health care workers in the Halifax area.
Charlene Long, secretary-treasurer of the NSNU
, bluntly said: "If anybody tries to tell you that the level of care required is being met, they are dreaming in Technicolor..."