Nurses at 9 Bay Area Hospitals to Hold 1-Day Strike
By Victoria Colliver
June 12, 2012
(06-12) 14:58 PDT OAKLAND -- As many as 4,400
registered nurses at nine Northern California hospitals
operated by Sutter Health are set to walk off their
jobs Wednesday as part of an ongoing labor dispute with
the large Sacramento hospital chain.
This will be the fourth strike since September
organized by the California Nurses Association, which
has its headquarters in Oakland.
The union and Sutter Health's management have been
negotiating for more than a year. Labor leaders say
sticking points include sick pay and reductions in
Union officials said respiratory, X-ray and other
technicians will join the striking nurses at the Sutter
medical centers. The union has recently reached a
contract agreement with Sutter Medical Center of Santa
Rosa and have a tentative settlement at Sutter Lakeside
Hospital in Lakeport.
Nurses at Petaluma Valley Hospital, which is which is
part of the St. Joseph Health System in Orange County,
will participate in Wednesday's labor action. Union
officials accuse hospital administrators of making
proposals that would reduce professional nursing
practices and patient care standards.
Sutter Health spokesman Bill Gleeson has accused the
nurses' union of making costly demands, including
double-digit wage increases and free retiree health
care for life.
"These strikes are costly, have done nothing to help
bring closure to open contracts and - most importantly
- they are disruptive for patients," Gleeson said.
Sutter officials said all hospitals will to remain open
during the strike, relying on replacement workers and
nurse managers for additional staffing. Elective
procedures will be rescheduled.
As in the past with strikes against Sutter, the company
said the hospitals have hired replacement nurses to
work a five-day contract. That means striking nurses
will not be allowed to return to work during that
The hospitals targeted in the Wednesday, June 13,
-- Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley and
-- Mills-Peninsula Health Services hospitals in
Burlingame and San Mateo
-- Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley
-- San Leandro Hospital
-- Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch
-- Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo
-- Novato Community Hospital
-- Petaluma Valley Hospital in Petaluma
Victoria Colliver is a San Francisco Chronicle staff
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