Nurses Reject Union-called Holiday Strike

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Nurses at Sutter Health hospitals reject the CNA-called strike and come to work. The hospitals’ crossover figures count nurses who reported to work, as scheduled, this morning.

  • Sutter Delta Medical Center: 77%
  • Novato Community Hospital: 63%
  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center: 62% (including 80% crossover at Summit campus in Oakland)
  • Eden Medical Center: 60%
  • San Leandro Hospital: 45%
  • Sutter Solano Medical Center: 39%

 

California Nurses Union Calls for Two-Day Holiday Strike

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Nurse Compensation | 0 comments

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.

Quality Healthcare Continues at Sutter Health Hospitals During CNA Called Strike

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Nurse Compensation, Quality | 0 comments

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.

Another Strike – More Nurses Come to Work

Posted by on Jul 3, 2012 in Quality | 0 comments

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.”

July 3 Strike Called by CNA

Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in Nurse Compensation, Offers, Quality | 0 comments

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.

Many More Nurses Reject Repeated CNA Strikes

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

87 Percent Come to Work at One Hospital

Nurses at Sutter Health hospitals reject the CNA-called strike and come to work. The hospitals’ crossover figures count nurses who reported to work, as scheduled, this morning.

  • Sutter Delta Medical Center: 87%
  • Eden Medical Center: 61% (San Leandro campus 23%)
  • Novato Community Hospital: 58%
  • Sutter Solano Medical Center: 43%
  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center: 42% (including nearly 70% crossover at Summit campus in Oakland)
  • Mills-Peninsula Health Services: 41%

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.