Nurses at 15 Sutter Health Facilities in Northern California to Hold ‘Informational Pickets’ Tomorrow

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Registered nurses at 15 Sutter Health Hospitals across Northern California will hold informational pickets on Tuesday, March 15, to protest Sutter’s refusal to address RNs proposals about staffing, workplace violence and pandemic readiness, according to a press release from the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) issued this morning.

“We have been on the front lines before and during this pandemic” said Amy Erb, critical care RN at California Pacific Medical Center of San Francisco.  “Throughout this time we have witnessed Sutter Health become profitable while they refuse to invest in the resources we need in order for us to provide safe and effective care to our patients and community.”

Nurses notified Sutter Health corporate officials on March 4 that they wouldl hold an informational picket.  Sutter Health RNs have been in contract negotiations since June 2021for a new contract with little to no movement on key issues.  The RNs urge management to invest in the nursing staff and agree to a new contract.

“Sutter Health is not investing in us, the nurses or the community they should be serving,” said Renee Waters, RN in the trauma neuro intensive care unit at Sutter Roseville.  “Instead, they are frequently using the word ‘commitment’ in their responses to us without actually agreeing to proposals that hold them acountable.  Sutter failed us during the pandemic.  Our proposals are intended to correct Sutter’s gaps in pandemic readiness and workplace violence prevention.  We want to have a proactive approach to the protections we deserve.  We need Sutter to back up their statements that we are heroes and valued, with agreements to our proposals at the bargaining tables.”

The 15 locations hosting informational pickets tomorrow include:  Vallejo, Santa Rosa, Crescent City, Tracy, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Castro Valley, Antioch, Auburn, Roseville, Lakeport, Burlingame, Novejo, and Sacramento. Picket times vary from location to location.

The California Nurses Association/NNU is the largest and fastest-growing union and professional association of registered nurses in the nation with 100,000 members in more than 200 facilities throughout California and more than 175,000 RNs nationwide.  It is located in Oakland.