Sutter Health Hospitals to Maintain Quality Patient Care During CNA Strike
Hospitals Committed to Fair Labor Contracts; Also Doing Their Part to Make Health Care More Affordable for Patients
The California Nurses’ union today formally notified five Sutter Health hospitals of its intent to hold a strike on April 30. Hospitals impacted include: Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital and Mills-Peninsula Health Services.
“Providing quality care for patients starts with taking good care of our nurses and all employees, and we are proud of the generous wages and benefits provided by Sutter Health affiliates,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Sutter Health chief medical officer.
According to Dr. Lockhart, a nurse who chooses to work full-time at Sutter Health hospitals with CNA contracts:
- Earns an average of $140,000 per year (or more than $65 per hour)
- Receives a generous employer-paid pension
- Receives up to 40 paid days off annually
- And has the option of zero-monthly premium health insurance, or extremely low-cost benefits
“This labor union follows a PR playbook and they pick themes they believe will resonate with the public—even if the claims are false,” said Sutter Health spokesperson Bill Gleeson. “The fact is, Sutter Health hospitals meet or exceed the state’s safe staffing ratios and routinely rank in the top quartile for quality.”
“Reaching agreement requires reasonable proposals on both sides,” Gleeson said. “The union has asked for wage increases of up to 19 percent, and at many of our hospitals, the union has yet to even respond to proposals we presented back in December.”
Noting that the CNA union called 150 strikes against Northern California hospitals in the past five years, Gleeson added, “Unfortunately, this union has a pattern of calling unnecessary strikes.”
“Quality patient care will continue,” Dr. Lockhart said. “Each of our impacted hospitals has contracted with an agency that provides licensed, experienced registered nurses to fill in for those who choose to strike. Our hospitals remain committed to bringing closure to labor contracts for our valued nurses, while also doing our part to make health care more affordable for our patients.”