Quality Patient Care Will Continue During Strike

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hand during the strike and transition period. The replacement agencies require a minimum number of days.

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.


UPDATED Crossover numbers (6pm – 9/22/11):

Posted by on Feb 22, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on UPDATED Crossover numbers (6pm – 9/22/11):

High Percentage of Sutter Health Nurses Say NO to Union Strike

Sutter Health hospitals affected by the California Nurses Union strike confirm that a significant percentage of nurses do not support the union’s tactics and have chosen instead to come to work to care for patients.

The following crossover numbers were reported by Sutter Health hospitals:

  • Sutter Lakeside Hospital:  94%
  • Novato Community Hospital: 90%
  • Sutter Delta Medical Center: 55%
  • Sutter Solano Medical Center:  50%
  • Eden Medical Center: 41% (San Leandro campus 38%)
  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center:  37%
  • Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa:  26%
  • Mills-Peninsula Health Services:  22%

Many nurses recognize that Sutter Health hospitals provide competitive wages, benefits and a rewarding work environment. In fact, the average full-time nurse working at a Sutter Health hospital affected by the strike earns $136,000/yr in addition to no-cost or low-cost health benefits and a pension plan that pays, on average, $84,000 per year after retirement.

Get the latest info negotiations at http://sutterhealthblogs.org/cnanegotiations. We’re updating this site frequently.



“Strike By Nurses Not Responsible Course.”

Posted by on Feb 20, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “Strike By Nurses Not Responsible Course.”

The Contra Costa Times and other papers with the Bay Area News Group weigh in on the California Nurses Union decision to strike at more than 30 hospitals statewide – including eight Sutter Health hospitals.  Read more…



Charge Nurses – Tomorrow’s Leaders

Posted by on Feb 20, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Charge Nurses – Tomorrow’s Leaders

Charge nurses are important leaders across our network. Some of our hospitals propose that charge nurses have more responsibility on their shift, while remaining in the union. These nurses will have an opportunity to advance their careers and grow their leadership skills by performing full supervisory duties, including focuses on quality, patient satisfaction and staff development.

The union rejected the offer, and union leaders actually told us they oppose nurses assuming shared responsibility for patient satisfaction. Based on this rejection, some of our hospitals proposed removing the charge nurse position from the union.

Sutter Health hospitals have never proposed eliminating the charge nurse position – the union claim is false.

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

Posted by on Feb 10, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 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.