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    Sutter Health Hospitals Committed to Competitive Wages for Nurses & Affordable Care for Patients

    Statewide Nurse Union Strike Costly and Unnecessary

    For more information, hospital media contacts, and the latest news on the strikes and negotiations with the California Nurses Union, please visit:

    Sutter Health hospitals know that providing the very best care for our patients starts with taking good care of our nurses and all of our employees. A nurse who chooses to work full-time at a Sutter Health affiliate that has a contract with the California Nurses Union:Earns an average of $136,000 per year

  • Most have an option of 100% employer-paid health benefits/or receives low-cost health benefits
  • Earns an employer-paid pension plan worth $84,000 per year on average
  • What’s more, nurses across our network are respected, influential members of our health care team — many holding positions on our decision-making councils related to delivering the highest levels of quality care.

    Despite these generous wages and rewarding work environment, the California Nurses Union plans to hold strikes at more than 30 hospitals statewide – including eight Sutter Health hospitals – on September 22. This union has called for 100 strikes against California hospitals in the last 3 years.

    Sutter Health-affiliated hospitals remain committed to providing nurses with competitive wages and benefits, while also doing our part to make health care more affordable for patients. Unfortunately, nurse union leaders appear to have no interest in collaborating with us in our efforts to make health care more affordable.

    The union has rejected virtually every contract change proposed by our hospitals to improve efficiency and help make care more affordable. The union’s contract demands ignore today’s economic realities and will increase the cost of health care. The union demands:
    • Free health care for life after retirement
    • To double their current retirement benefit - even though the average Sutter Health full-time nurse earns an annual $84,000 pension upon retirement
    • An enhancement to the pension plan that would cost $1.6 million over ten years and benefit just six nurses
    Quality Patient Care Will Continue During the Strike
    Our hospitals have taken steps to preserve quality patient care in the wake of the union’s strike. Licensed replacement nurses will be onsite so patients will continue to receive the quality care they have come to expect. Our hospitals’ contracts with replacement agencies require a minimum number of days. Nurses who choose to participate in the strike understand that they will return to work after the required contract period.

    Sutter Health Hospitals Targeted by the Union’s Latest Strike
    The union plans to strike at 34 hospitals statewide including the following Sutter Health hospitals: Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Eden Medical Center including its San Leandro Hospital campus, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Novato Community Hospital, Sutter Delta Medical Center, Sutter Lakeside Hospital, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa and Sutter Solano Medical Center.

    About Sutter Health
    Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.

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