Nurse Compensation

Union Leaders Continue to Misrepresent the Facts

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Benefits, Nurse Compensation | 0 comments

Here are the facts about negotiations among our hospitals with open contracts:

  • RNs who choose to work full-time at one of our Bay Area hospitals earn more than $136,000 a year (not including benefits). Part-time nurses earn on average $105,000 a year. These averages are calculated from our nurses’ 2010 W2s.
  • Sutter Health invests billions in new services, facilities and other improvements in every community we serve. Most recently, we’re investing $2.4 billion in new hospital construction to provide five technologically advanced, seismically safe hospitals across Northern California—and in fact, California Nurses Union has vehemently opposed in court the construction of these facilities for our patients and employees.
  • RNs receive up to 8 weeks paid time off each year to use for vacation, sick time and other personal use.
  • Our nurses receive an employer-paid pension plan worth about $84,000 a year upon retirement.
  • They also get employer-paid retiree health care benefits; most nurses receive a spending account valued up to $35,000 to help cover the cost of health plan premiums, medications, etc.
  • Most RNs also receive an employer-provided health plan option with zero-monthly premiums for themselves and their dependents

Despite this generous compensation package, California Nurses Union leaders demand more.

Sutter Health hospitals are proposing modest contract changes that will make our quality services more efficient and affordable to patients. We are committed to bringing closure to these contracts for our valued nurses, while also doing our part to make health care more affordable for patients.

Nurse Wages & Benefits Still Generous – California Nurses Union Keeps Striking

Posted by on Jun 11, 2012 in Benefits, Nurse Compensation | 0 comments

Sutter Health Hospitals Pledge Continued Quality Care During Strike

From six-figure average wages for full-time nurses to an employer-paid pension and other quality benefits, Sutter Health hospitals understand that providing high-quality care for patients starts with taking great care of nurses—and all employees.

Full-time RNs at our hospitals with open labor contracts earn on average:

  • More than $136,000 a year (based on 2010 W2 data)
  • An employer-paid pension plan worth $84,000 a year
  • Employer-paid retiree health care benefits; most receive a spending account valued up to $35,000 to help cover the cost of premiums, medications, etc.
  • Up to 40 paid days off annually to use for vacation, sick time and other personal uses—about eight weeks off each year
  • An employer-provided health plan option with zero-monthly premiums for themselves and their dependents

Despite this generous compensation package, Union leaders have called yet another strike for June 13.

Union Rejects Virtually Every Proposal to Make Care More Affordable For Patients

“The California Nurses Union demands more,” said Sutter Health spokesperson Bill Gleeson. “At the negotiation tables, union leaders have rejected virtually every proposal to make care more affordable for our patients. Instead, union leaders have made many costly demands, including double-digit wage increases and free retiree health care for life, which would increase costs at our hospitals by tens of millions of dollars.”

This is the fourth strike the union has called against Sutter Health hospitals in the last eight months and the second in the last 45 days. This same union has called more than 150 strikes in California in the last four years.

“These strikes are costly, have done nothing to help bring closure to open contracts and—most importantly—they are disruptive for patients,” said Gleeson. “Our hospitals’ top priority is to provide high-quality care to our patients regardless of circumstances. They have hired qualified registered nurses to cover for striking nurses, so patients can rest assured that they will receive the same quality care.”

June 13 strike called by the California Nurses Union

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Benefits, Nurse Compensation | 0 comments

The CNA, which has orchestrated more than 150 strikes in past four years, has called yet another unnecessary strike against Sutter Health hospitals and other hospitals in California.

A nurse, who chooses to work full-time at one of our negotiating hospitals earns an average of $136,000 per year (according to 2010 W2 data) and most also receive free health insurance and other quality benefits. But the California Nurses Union wants more. Union leaders are demanding double-digit wage increases and free health care for life – new benefits that will increase the cost of health care for our patients by millions of dollars.

To preserve the same level of service our patients deserve and expect, our hospitals will contract with firms that provide qualified registered nurses who will fill in for RNs who participate in the June 13 strike.

We remain committed to maintaining quality care during the CNA-called strike and to bringing closure to labor contracts for our valued nurses, while also doing our part to make health care more affordable for our patients.

 

Quality Care Continues During Third CNA-Called Strike

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Benefits, Nurse Compensation, Offers, Patient Safety, Quality | 0 comments

Sutter Health-affiliated hospitals with open contracts have negotiated in good faith with the California Nurses Union for nearly a year. Unfortunately, union leaders have called yet another strike. The same union has held more than 150 strikes in California in the last four years.

To preserve the same level of service our patients deserve and expect, these Bay Area hospitals have contracted with firms that provide qualified registered nurses to fill in for nurses on strike.  Replacement agencies typically require our hospitals to pay contract nurses for multiple days of work even though the union has called a strike for just one day.  Since we do not believe it makes financial sense to pay double for our striking nurses and contract nurses, these multi-day contract requirements usually mean that striking nurses miss several days of work.

A nurse who chooses to work full-time at a Sutter-affiliated hospital with an open CNA contract:

  • Earns an average of $136,000 per year
  • Can receive an employer-paid pension plan worth $84,000 per year on average for life
  • Gets up to 40 days off per year
  • And they have the option of 100% employer-paid health benefits/or low-cost health benefits

Despite the generous pay and benefits we provide our nurses, the California Nurses Union demands new benefits that will increase the cost of health care for our patients—including double-digit wage increases and free health care for life. These demands would increase costs at our hospitals by tens of millions of dollars.

We remain committed to bringing closure to these contracts for our valued nurses, while also doing our part to make health care more affordable for our patients.

Despite Great RN Wages & Benefits; CA Nurse Union Calls Third Strike in Seven Months

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in Benefits, Nurse Compensation, Offers | 0 comments

Sutter Health Hospitals Pledge Continued Quality Care During Strike

The California Nurses Union today gave a 10-day notice of their intent to strike at Sutter Health hospitals with open labor contracts. The union strike begins May 1. This is the third strike the union has called against Sutter Health hospitals in the last seven months. This same union has called more than 100 strikes against California hospitals in the past four years.

“Sutter hospitals are committed to providing our nurses with competitive pay, high-quality benefits and a rewarding work environment,” said Sutter Health spokesperson Bill Gleeson.

Here are some facts:

  • $136,000 — the average annual pay for a full-time RN at a Sutter Health hospital with an open CNA contract
  • $105,000 — the average annual pay for RNs who choose to work part-time
  • Most nurses have the option of choosing a health plan with zero-monthly premiums for themselves and their dependents
  • $84,000 a year for life — what a 55 year old nurse who retires after 22 years of service will earn
  • All nurses receive a form of employer-paid retiree health care benefits. Most receive a spending account valued up to $35,000 to help cover the cost of premiums, medications, etc.
  • Nurses receive up to 40 paid days off a year to use for vacation, sick time and other personal uses.

Union Rejects Virtually Every Proposal Intended To Make Care More Affordable For Patients

Sutter Health hospitals have proposed modest contract changes to make our high quality services more affordable for our patients.

“The union has rejected virtually every proposal intended to make care more affordable for our patients,” said Gleeson. “Instead, union leaders have made many costly demands, including double-digit wage increases and free retiree health care for life, that would increase costs at our hospitals by tens of millions of dollars.”

Nurse Union Publicly States Its Goal Is To Call Repeated Strikes and Make It More Difficult & Costly For Sutter to Hire Replacement RNs

In a previously circulated public communications, CNA says its goal is to “make it more difficult and expensive for Sutter Health to recruit scab RNs on short notice….”

“It is disturbing to hear the union state that it is deliberately trying to make it more difficult and expensive for hospitals to hire qualified replacement RNs to meet the needs of our patients during a strike,” said Gleeson. “Our patients shouldn’t be used as pawns. We will continue to do whatever it takes to preserve services and provide the quality of care our patients expect.”

High Percentage of Sutter Health Nurses Come to Work

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011 in Benefits, Nurse Compensation, Quality | 0 comments

Sutter Health hospitals affected by the California Nurses Union strike confirm that a significant percentage of nurses don’t support the union’s strike and have come to work this morning to care for patients.

The following crossover numbers were reported by Sutter Health hospitals:

  • Sutter Delta Medical Center: 63%
  • Eden Medical Center: 59% (San Leandro campus data coming soon)
  • Mills-Peninsula Health Services:  39%
  • Sutter Solano Medical Center: 16%
  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center:  data coming soon

We greatly value our nurses. An RN who works full-time at a hospital with an open labor contract earns on average $136,000 a year plus receives generous health benefits and an employer-paid pension.