Nurses at 15 Sutter Health facilities will hold information pickets due to health and safety concerns

Registered nurses at 15 Sutter Health hospitals in Northern California will hold information pickets Tuesday, March 15 to protest Sutter’s refusal to respond to RN proposals regarding staffing, workplace violence and preparedness to the pandemic, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced today.

“We’ve been on the front lines before and during this pandemic,” said Amy Erb, a critical care RN at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. “Throughout this time, we have watched Sutter Health become profitable as they refuse to invest in the resources we need so that we can provide safe and effective care to our patients and our community.”

Nurses informed Sutter Health company officials on March 4 that they would be holding an information picket. See below for picket times, locations and contact information.

Sutter Health RNs have been in negotiations since June 2021 for a new contract with little to no movement on key issues. RNs urge management to invest in nurses and accept a contract that includes:

  • safe staffing that enables nurses to provide safe and therapeutic care;
  • pandemic preparedness protections that require hospitals to invest in personal protective equipment inventory and comply with California PPE inventory law;
  • presumed eligibility for workers’ compensation that covers infectious diseases and protocols that ensure nurses have the resources to keep themselves and their patients safe; and
  • workplace violence protections that include plans to mitigate and prevent violence in hospitals and comply with state workplace violence prevention law.

“Sutter Health is not investing in us nurses or the community they should be serving,” said Renee Waters, registered nurse in Sutter Roseville’s neuro-trauma intensive care unit. “Instead, they frequently use the word ‘commitment’ in their responses without actually accepting proposals that hold them accountable. Sutter let us down during the pandemic. Our proposals seek to address Sutter’s shortcomings in pandemic preparedness and workplace violence prevention. We want to be proactive about the protections we deserve. We need Sutter to back up their claims that we are heroes and valued, with agreements on our proposals at the bargaining table.

Facilities, locations and picket times:

Sutter Solano Medical Center
300 Hospital Drive, Vallejo, CA 94589
7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. a m

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital
30 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
3:30-6:00 p.m.

Sutter’s Coast Hospital
800 East Washington Boulevard, Crescent City, CA 95531
4:30-6:00 p.m.

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

Pacific California Medical Center
1101 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94109
12 p.m.-2 p.m.

Pacific California Medical Center
3555 Caesar Chavez, San Francisco, CA 94110
12 p.m.-2 p.m.

Santa Cruz VNA
2880 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Eden Medical Center
20103 Lac Chabot Road, Castro Valley 94546

Sutter Delta Medical Center,
3901 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA 94509
3:30-5:30 p.m.

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital and Sutter Auburn Home Health and Hospice
11815 Education Street, Auburn, CA 95661
1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

Sutter Roseville Medical Center
1 Medical Center Drive, Roseville, CA, 95661
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

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

Mills-Peninsula Medical Center
1501 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010
2-5 p.m.

Novato Community Hospital
180 Rowland Way, Novato, CA 94945
7:30-9:30 a.m.

Sutter Center for Psychiatry
7700 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95826
2-4:30 p.m.

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United is the nation’s largest and fastest growing union and professional association for registered nurses with 100,000 members at more than 200 facilities across California and more than 175,000 AI nationwide.

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