Sutter nurses to begin two-day strike Thursday
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By Maya Strausberg
December 12, 2007
Day one of the second strike by Bay Area Sutter Health nurses
is scheduled to begin Thursday morning, according to organizers
for the California Nurses Association and the National Nurses
The two-day strike is expected to include approximately 5,000
registered nurses from 13 Sutter Health facilities, said CNA and
NNOC spokeswoman Liz Jacobs.
Among the nurses' concerns is the proposed closure of St. Luke's
Hospital, which tends to cater to low-income people. Patient care
services and health benefits have also been a concern.
During previous negotiations, officials for the affected hospitals
said they believed the contract offers were generous and that
they were not planning on reducing benefits.
San Francisco's St. Luke's Hospital and California Pacific Medical
Center, San Leandro Hospital, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
in Berkeley and Oakland, Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame
and San Mateo, Castro Valley's Eden Medical Center, Sutter Delta
Medical Center in Antioch, Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo,
Sutter Medical Center in Santa Rosa, Marin General Hospital in
Greenbrae and Novato Community Hospital will be affected by the
strike, organizers said.
The nurses held a strike Oct. 10 and 11 and voted at the end
of November to hold a second strike. It is scheduled to continue
through Saturday at 7 a.m.
During the strike, CNA and NNOC have planned a number of rallies
at specific facilities. Nurses at other facilities will be bused
to the rallies.
Two rallies will be held Thursday and Friday at 11:30 a.m.
Thursday's rally will take place at California Pacific Medical
Center at 3700 California St. in San Francisco. Friday's rally
will be at Mills-Peninsula Health Services at 1501 Trousdale Drive
The third rally will be held to try to save St. Luke's Hospital
at the facility's front entrance at the corner of Cesar Chavez
and Valencia streets at 2:30 p.m. on Friday.