More Than 3k Nurses Begin Two-Day Strike at Sutter Health Hospitals

Roughly 3,300 registered nurses from eight hospitals in Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health are set to strike today, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report.

Sutter Health's nurses, who are members of the California Nurses Association, last struck Nov. 1. Days later, the CNA informed Sutter it would hold a two-day strike beginning today at numerous Sutter Health hospitals. The union also plans to hold a one-day walkout today at two hospitals in San Jose — Good Samaritan Hospital and Regional Medical Center — which are operated by Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America.

Sutter Health hospitals affected by the strike include: Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland and Berkeley, Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, Novato (Calif.) Community Hospital, San Leandro (Calif.) Hospital, Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch and Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo.

Nurses who strike will not be allowed to return to work until Sunday, which marks the end of Sutter's five-day contract with replacement nurses. Sutter officials said the hospital has recruited "as many RNs as [it needs]" and that a strike during the week of Thanksgiving will not be problematic.

Nurses said key points of contention are management's resistance to nurse proposals for staffing levels and management's demands for cuts in retirement security and health benefits, according to the report.

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