Nurses at Sutter Health hospitals negotiating with the California Nurses Union reject the union-called strike and come to work to care for patients. The hospitals’ crossover figures count nurses who reported to work, as scheduled, this morning.
- Sutter Delta Medical Center: 104%
- Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
- 56% (Summit Campus in Oakland)
- 44% (Alta Bates and Herrick campuses in Berkeley)
- Eden Medical Center: 41%
Strikes are costly shenanigans by union leaders hopelessly out of touch with what’s happening in our communities and in health care. Our hospitals have negotiated in good faith for more than a year and have offered contracts that balance our obligation to provide competitive wages and benefits for nurses and reduce our costs so we’re more affordable to patients.
RNs who choose to work full-time at our Bay Area hospitals earn $136,000 a year on average (not including benefits). Part-time nurses earn on average $105,000 a year. These averages are determined from our nurses’ 2010 W2s. Nurses also have the option of 100 percent employer-paid health benefits/or receive low-cost health benefits and can earn an employer-paid pension plan worth $84,000 per year on average for life.
Instead of collaborating with us, the union has called a sixth strike and rejected virtually every modest contract change proposed by our hospitals to improve efficiency, affordability and quality. Union leaders want more. They’re demanding new, costly benefits—such as 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. Our obligation is to take care of both our nurses and our patients.
Quality patient care will continue during the Nov. 1 strike called by the California Nurses Union against four of our network’s hospitals—Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Eden Medical Center (including the San Leandro Campus), Sutter Delta Medical Center and Sutter Solano Medical Center. 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.
Sutter Health nurses once again choose to come to work despite the fifth CNA-called strike against Sutter Health hospitals. The following crossover figures count nurses who reported to work, as scheduled, this morning.
- Eden Medical Center: 62% (San Leandro campus 31%)
- Alta Bates Summit Medical Center: 47% (including nearly 65% crossover at Summit campus in Oakland)
- Mills-Peninsula Health Services: 39%
“It’s clear a growing number of our hospitals’ nurses have grown tired of these irresponsible strikes called by union leaders,” said Sutter Health spokesperson Karen Garner. “In our hospitals, we will continue to offer competitive wages and benefits but will reject unreasonable demands—like double-digit wage increases—that unnecessarily increase costs for patients.”
Quality Care Will Continue at Affected Hospitals
The facts for full-time nurses at Sutter Health’s Bay Area hospitals:
- $136,000 a year on average (determined from our nurses 2010 W2s and does not include benefits)
- An employer-paid pension plan worth $84,000 a year on average
- Up to 40 paid days off annually to use for vacation, sick time and other personal uses—about eight weeks off each year on average
The above lists just some of the generous wages and benefits Sutter Health hospitals offer to our valued nurses. Despite the six-figure salary average, an employer-paid retirement and other benefits, the California Nurses Union wants more and has called its fifth unnecessary strike at our hospitals.
Instead of collaborating with us to resolve these contracts for our nurses, union leaders have rejected virtually every modest contract proposal by our hospitals to make our quality services more efficient and affordable to patients. They demand new benefits that will increase the cost of health care for our patients by millions of dollars—including double-digit wage increases and free health care for life.
Our obligation is to take care of both our nurses and our patients. We remain committed to providing our nurses competitive wages and benefits, while also doing our part to make health care more affordable for our patients.
Two of the nation’s preeminent health care research experts join Sutter Health this month to help launch an expanded Northern California-wide health research, development and dissemination (RD&D) function. Our not-for-profit health care network plans to invest $20 million over the next three years to fund the program. Our new RD&D team will translate research into clinical best practices and help our organization adopt improvements as quickly as possible for the benefit of patients and our communities.
Martin Brotman, M.D., senior vice president of education, research and philanthropy for Sutter Health will oversee the new team.
Sutter Health’s new RD&D team’s core work will focus on rapid cycle, value-added enhancements in health care such as:
- Inventing and launching new products
- Developing, testing and disseminating transformative care solutions and innovation emphasizing high-quality, patient-centric care
Later this month, two national research leaders will join our organization to lead the RD&D team’s core work.
When union leaders call an unnecessary strike, hospitals contract with firms that provide qualified registered nurses to fill in for nurses who are on strike. These replacements are necessary so we can preserve the same level of service our patients deserve and expect at our hospitals. 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.
CNA leaders and nurses are told well in advance of this requirement.