Nurses and health care workers at 15 Sutter facilities to hold one-day strike for safe staffing and health and safety protections

Jennifer E. Engen

Nurses and health care workers at 15 facilities across Northern California will hold a one-day strike on April 18 to protest Sutter Health’s refusal to address their proposals about safe staffing and health and safety protections, announced California Nurses Association (CNA), an affiliate of National Nurses United, and CNA affiliate Caregivers and Healthcare Employees Union (CHEU) today.

This notice follows nearly unanimous strike authorization votes in March. Nurses and health care workers have given advance notice to Sutter Health for the strike.

Sutter Health RNs and health care workers have been in negotiations since June 2021 for a new contract, with little to no movement on key issues. They urge management to invest in nursing staff and agree to a contract that provides:

  • safe staffing that allows nurses to provide safe and therapeutic care and
  • pandemic readiness protections that require the hospitals to invest in personal protective equipment stockpiles and comply with California’s PPE stockpile law.

“The Sutter nurses voted for this strike,” said Renee Waters, a Trauma Neuro Intensive Care RN with 26 years of experience. “We are striking because Sutter is not transparent about the stockpile of PPE supplies and contact tracing. They resist having nurses directly involved in planning and implementation of policies that affect all of us during a pandemic. We must address these issues and more. A fair contract is needed to retain experienced nurses, have sufficient staffing and training, and ensure we have the resources we need to provide safe and effective care for our patients. Nurses are fighting back against Sutter putting profits before patients and health care workers.”

  • Who: Registered nurses and health care workers at 15 Sutter facilities
  • What: One-day strike for safe staffing and health and safety protections
  • When: Monday, April 18, 7 a.m. to Tuesday, April 19, 6:59 a.m. (see picket times below).
  • Where: See below for list of facilities and locations

“Nurses overwhelmingly voted to go out on strike because we see no other option left for us and our patients,” said Amy Erb, RN , who works in Critical Care at California Pacific Medical Center. “We have tried repeatedly to address the chronic and widespread problem of short staffing that causes delays in care and potentially puts patients at risk, but hospital administrators continue to ignore us. We have a moral and legal obligation to advocate for our patients. We advocate for them at the bedside, at the bargaining table, and if we have to, on the strike line.”

Nurses and health care workers will be picketing from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the following facilities:

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
Summit Campus
350 Hawthorne Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
Ashby Campus
2450 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
Herrick Campus
2001 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Sutter Solano Medical Center
300 Hospital Drive, Vallejo, CA 94589

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital
30 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Sutter Coast Hospital
800 East Washington Boulevard, Crescent City, CA 95531

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital
1420 N. Tracy Blvd, Tracy, CA 95376

California Pacific Medical Center
1101 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94109

California Pacific Medical Center
3555 Cesar Chavez, San Francisco, CA 94110

Santa Cruz VNA
2880 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Eden Medical Center
20103 Lake Chabot Rd., Castro Valley 94546

Sutter Delta Medical Center
3901 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA 94509

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital
11815 Education Street, Auburn, CA 95661

Sutter Roseville Medical Center
1 Medical Center Drive, Roseville, CA, 95661

Sutter Lakeside Hospital
5176 Hill Rd. E, Lakeport, CA 95453

Mills-Peninsula Medical Center
1501 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010

Novato Community Hospital
180 Rowland Way, Novato, CA 94945

Sutter Center for Psychiatry
7700 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95826

https://www.nationalnursesunited.org/press/nurses-and-health-care-workers-at-15-sutter-facilities-to-hold-one-day-strike

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