Despite Industry Leading Wages and Benefits for Nurses at Sutter Health, CA Nurses Union Calls Holiday Strike

Despite Industry Leading Wages and Benefits for Nurses at Sutter Health, CA Nurses Union Calls Holiday Strike

The California Nurses Union delivered a 10-day notice of their intent to strike five Sutter Health hospitals on Thursday, December 22. It is always tough for patients and families to be in the hospital, but it’s especially difficult during the holidays. Unfortunately, the union has chosen to strike during this time.

Sutter Health Nurse Pay and Benefits Remain Industry Leaders

A nurse who works full-time at a Sutter Health hospital that has a contract with the California Nurses Union earns:

  • An average of $136,000 per year
  • An employer-paid pension plan worth $84,000 per year on average in retirement
  • Up to 40 paid days off per year
  • And most have an option of a 100 percent employer-paid health benefits package

A part-time nurse earns an average of $105,000 per year and receives virtually the same benefits.

Despite these generous wages and a rewarding work environment, the union is asking for new and enhanced benefits that will increase the cost of health care. The union demands:

  • Free health care for life after retirement
  • To double their current retirement benefit — even though the average Sutter Health full-time nurse earns an annual $84,000 pension for life.

The California Nurses Union is calling its second strike in less than three months. This union has called more than 100 strikes against California hospitals in the last 3 years.

Quality Patient Care Will Continue During the Strike

Our hospitals will take steps to preserve quality patient care in the wake of the union’s strike. The holidays are a particularly difficult time to find replacement nurses. Sutter Health is exploring all available options to ensure high-quality care for our patients is not interrupted.

Sutter Health Hospitals Targeted by the Union’s Latest Strike

The union has given formal strike notice at the following Bay Area Sutter Health hospitals: Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Sutter Delta Medical Center and Sutter Solano Medical Center.

Media Contacts

Sutter Health Kami Lloyd (916) 286-6695 (media line)
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Carolyn Kemp (510) 869-8220
Eden Medical Center Cindy Dove (510) 899-5022
Mills-Peninsula Health Services Cynthia Greaves (650) 934-8612
Sutter Delta Medical Center Angela Lombardi (925) 303-6104
Sutter Solano Medical Center Sy Neilson (707) 428-2763