Oakland, Calif.—Sutter Health nurses throughout Northern California walked off the job for one day on June 13. Hundreds of nurses and some doctors marched and rallied in front of Oakland’s Summit Medical Center and Berkeley’s Alta Bates Hospital.
Summit will not even renew the previous contract because they insist on a number of takeaways, including sick leave. One picket sign read, “Nurses need healthcare too.” To the tune of “Dancing in the Streets” strikers sang, “This is an invitation to save the patients, strikin’ in the streets…”
Nurses were locked out for five days so that Sutter could faithfully honor, as they always do, the strikebreakers’ contract.