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Nurses End Christmas Eve Strike at Alta Bates

Nurses struck at six hospitals owned by Sutter Health, including two Alta Bates Summit Medical Center facilities in Berkeley and Oakland.

Bay City News Service—A 24-hour Christmas Eve strike by union nurses at eight Bay Area hospitals ended Christmas morning at 7 a.m. with no reported incidents, according to a spokeswoman for one of the hospitals.

The single-day strike started at 7 a.m. Monday and nurses represented by the California Nurses Association maintained the walkout overnight as hospitals used replacement workers to fill in, said Leslie Kelsay, spokeswoman for Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose.

Good Samaritan, which is employing 300 temporary replacement workers through Dec. 29, experienced no negative effects from the strike and continued to provide emergency and other patient services, Kelsay said.

Representatives of the nurses' union, representing 5,000 nurses at the eight hospitals participating in the walkout, could not be reached Tuesday morning.

Picket lines that started at 7 a.m. Monday at each hospital were disbanded at 3 p.m. for the Christmas holiday, union officials said.

The walkout stemmed from contract disputes with hospital companies Sutter Health and HCA Healthcare over health benefits, sick pay and staffing levels.

Dozens of nurses scheduled to work at Good Samaritan and the Regional Medical Center of San Jose joined picket lines Monday at both hospitals, which are owned by HCA.

Other nurses took part in the strike at six hospitals owned by Sutter Health, including two Alta Bates Summit Medical Center facilities in Berkeley and Oakland, Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley and its affiliate San Leandro Hospital, Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo and Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch.

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Rhea Liddy December 26, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Is there a plan for picking up all the "Sutter is evil" signage that is littering our town? Litter is bad, even if your cause is good.
vicki December 30, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Rhea, We have a legal right to post our signs and have them stay put. It's funny how quickly our signs disappear after we put them up. I regret that you, and others, find them an aesthetic blight but, for the next however long, our signs will be up and about in Piedmont. If Sutter would actually negotiate with us, we wouldn't need to strike, erect signs or any of it. You can help us achieve this end by signing our petition, which goes to the California State legislature, Governor Brown and President Obama, and is forwarded to a local news station for every 1000 signatures we get. Please, Rhea, help us stop this madness: http://signon.org/sign/1224-in-berkeley-stop.fb23?source=c.fb&r_by=1539482
Gina Davis December 30, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I plan on picking up the signs I posted. I've been refreshing the ones that get tired looking in the rain. Your local Alta Bates nurses are nursing in a war zone where resources are getting squeezed at bedside to feed the boardroom. Sutter Health refuses to negotiate with us and has handed us a last-best-final offer off astounding take aways that will take nursing back to 1970. We need our community to understand and support us. Please support us in our fight against Sutter Health.
Betty Enright December 31, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Rhea...so sorry that you find our message esthetically disturbing. Nursing is not always pleasing to the senses. A life threatening illness is messy for the patient and the patients family. We nurses would appreciate your support in getting our message out. There is a high probability That you or someone you love will be depending on a highly skilled nurse to see you through in your time of need. Betty Enright RN,CCRN. Intensive care nurse
Josia December 31, 2012 at 05:59 AM
"Nursing in a war zone"???? Clearly you've never been to war. Stop dishonoring those who actually seen war with your crazy platitudes. Stick to the issues at hand and enough of the bombastic rhetoric.

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