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San Leandro Hospital Nurses On One-Day Strike

Today's walkout will be the latest in a series of strikes by members of the California Nurses Association over contracts that have been under negotiation for about a year.

 

By Bay City News

About 4,400 registered nurses at 10 hospitals in the Bay Area managed by Sutter Health are planning a one-day strike on Wednesday to protest concessions that they say Sutter management is demanding.

The strike will be the latest in a series of strikes by members of the California Nurses Association over contracts that have been under negotiation for about a year.

Union spokeswoman Liz Jacobs said today that nurses will engage in the strike to protest concessions demanded by management such as eliminating paid sick days, requiring nurses to pay for health care for themselves and their families and eliminating retiree health plans.

However, Sutter spokeswoman Karen Garner said nurses are highly paid, earning an average of $136,000 per year, but union leaders "want double-digit wage increases and free health care for life which will increase costs at our hospitals by tens of millions of dollars each year."

Garner said, "We will continue to offer competitive wages and benefits but will reject unreasonable demands that unnecessarily increase costs."

Jacobs said nurses are engaging in a one-day strike again "because there's been absolutely no movement in bargaining by the hospital." he said, "We've made compromises but Sutter hasn't."

Jacobs said the one-day walkout will occur at three Alta Bates Summit Medical Center facilities in Berkeley and Oakland, Mills-Peninsula Health Services hospitals in Burlingame and San Mateo, Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, San Leandro Hospital, Sutter Delta in Antioch, Sutter Solano in Vallejo and Novato Community Hospital.

Garner said that as it has done in previous strikes, Sutter will bring in replacement nurses to ensure that it maintains a full staff that can offer the same level of service to its patients.

She said that although the nurses only plan to strike for 24 hours, Sutter has hired replacements for multiple days of work because most replacement nurses have contracts that require them to work for multiple days.

That means striking nurses will miss several days of work, Garner said.

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Ken Briggs June 14, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Gary , all you got to do is read up on Sutter and your butt will know why the nurses have strikes . first of all Gary tell us why Sutter closed down the downtown hospital in San Jose for ? you know that they took over the Eastside Hospital and then closed the downtown hospital that had a heli port in front . then why in the north bay in Santa Rosa , they want to close down hospitals and you can get your butt over to Lake county and tell us why they want to close places in Clearlake and Lakeport . get with it and study up on Sutter , all they want is money . and more money . then if Sutter is so great why do they want to close down San Leandro hospital for . after all this city put a lot in this area for the older folks and they Sutter wants to close the place up . so if you think that Kaiser is so great then your butt had better stay in town for the NEW KAISER and hope your butt can pay the insurance for the service .
tony santos June 14, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Ken, it is a "yes but," nurses are well compensated; as noted in sutter's statement, nurses earn over $136 thousand a year plus another $40 thousand in benifits-this appears to be a pampared class-NO?

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