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Workers at 15 Sutter Health facilities plan day-long strike

Registered nurses and other healthcare workers at 15 Sutter Health hospitals in Northern California plan to strike April 18 to demand safe staffing and health and safety protections, according to the unions that represent them.

The strike affects campus healthcare workers at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, as well as nurses at other Sutter Health facilities. Nurses are members of the California Nurses Association and other workers are members of the Caregivers and Healthcare Employees Union, affiliated with the California Nurses Association.

Workers authorized a strike in March and union officials announced an official strike notice on April 8.

“We are striking because Sutter is not transparent about stockpiling PPE supplies and contact tracing. They are resisting nurses being directly involved in policy planning and implementation that affects us all. during a pandemic,” said Renee Waters, RN, neurointensive in trauma. care nurse, said in a press release.

“We need to address these and many other issues. A fair contract is needed to retain experienced nurses, have sufficient staff and training, and ensure we have the resources to provide safe and effective care to our patients,” she said.

The nurses have been in contract negotiations since last June. They have planned a picket at:

  • Sutter Solano Medical Center (Vallejo)
  • Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital
  • Sutter Coast Hospital (Crescent City)
  • Sutter Tracy Community Hospital
  • California Pacific Medical Center (San Francisco)
  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Berkeley and Oakland)
  • Santa Cruz VNA
  • Eden Medical Center (Castro Valley)
  • Sutter Delta Medical Center (Antioch)
  • Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital
  • Sutter Roseville Medical Center
  • Sutter Lakeside Hospital (Lakeport)
  • Mills-Peninsula Medical Center (Burlingame)
  • Novato Community Hospital
  • Sutter Center for Psychiatry (Sacramento)

In a statement shared with Becker’sSutter Health said, “Sutter Health is consistently recognized as one of the region’s top employers and a leader in providing safe, high-quality care to more than 3 million patients. We value and invest in our caregivers and our offers to the union – including generous wage increases that exceed those in the region – reflect this commitment. Our proposals go unanswered as the union threatens costly and disruptive work stoppages. We hope CNA will see the value of working together to reach an agreement that recognizes our employees for their important work while maintaining the strength and stability of our hospitals for all who depend on us. »

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