What’s Next – After the Union’s Strike

Posted by on Feb 23, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What’s Next – After the Union’s Strike

We’re just as committed today – as we’ve always been – to providing competitive wages and benefits as well as a rewarding work environment for nurses, and negotiating in good faith. Our hospitals are hopeful that the union will now turn its energy toward productive negotiations.

During the strike, union leaders sensationalized isolated proposals to distract from our organization’s longstanding commitment to our employees. We’d like to share some facts.

Paid Time Off (vacation, sick leave, personal time, maternity):

  • Nurses who work at Sutter Health hospitals earn an average of 45 paid days off to use for vacation, sick time and other personal use. This is 10-12 days more than the national average,
  • Some of our hospitals are proposing a short-term disability program that covers illnesses beyond seven days. It would provide nurse pay for up to six months in the event of long-term illness or injury. This is actually a better benefit for many nurses because most nurses do not have enough days off to cover a long-term illness or injury, meaning they have no pay or benefits during long-term leaves. But the union refuses to make any changes even if it benefits their members.
  • For short-term absences because of illness (less than 7 days), nurses can use Paid Time Off (again, nurses receive an average of 45 days off per year)
  • Maternity leave at all of our hospitals will continue to meet or exceed state law.

 

Posted by on Feb 23, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What’s Next – After the Union’s Strike