California Nurses Union Calls for Two-Day Holiday Strike
Instead of collaborating with Sutter Health hospitals to reach contract agreements, the California Nurses Union has called for another strike.
While it is always tough for patients and families to be in the hospital, it’s especially difficult during the holidays. It’s unfortunate that the union has chosen to strike during this time. This is the seventh strike union leaders have called against Sutter Health hospitals in the greater Bay Area since last year and the second in three weeks.
Even in these tough economic times, Sutter Health remains committed to providing nurses with competitive wages and benefits. A nurse who chooses to work full-time at a Sutter-affiliated hospital with an open CNA contract earns on average $136,000 per year— an average determined by our nurses’ 2010 W2s. Most registered nurses also have an option for 100 percent employer-paid health benefits. That’s in addition to a pension worth, on average, $84,000 per year.
Even though Sutter Health hospitals currently offer nurses six-figure salaries and generous health benefits, union leaders are demanding double digit wage increases and free health care for life—which would increase costs at our hospitals by tens of millions of dollars each year. We don’t think that’s prudent for our patients or our communities.
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, San Leandro Hospital, Novato Community Hospital, Sutter Delta Medical Center and Sutter Solano Medical Center will continue to provide quality care during the union-called holiday strike. Our hospitals will contract with firms that provide qualified registered nurses to fill in for nurses who choose to strike. Like every day, the Sutter Health family of hospitals will be open around the clock, providing the best possible care to patients.
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