Sutter nurses strike

Sutter nurses strike; photo and article for News & Letters by David M'Oto

Sutter nurses strike; photo and article for News & Letters by David M'Oto

Oakland, Calif.—Sutter Healthcare nurses were joined by sympathizing Kaiser nurses for a rally outside Summit Medical Center on Sept. 22. Sut­ter nurses called the one-day strike because of proposed cuts in patient staffing, sick pay and other benefits. The Summit administration argued that employee illness/injury is not necessarily work-related and there­fore does not warrant as much recompense. One speaker noted that it is the first time she had ever heard that argument but was not surprised it was used against a woman-dominated workforce. Some strikers wore T-shirts reading, “Save one life and you’re a hero. Save a hundred lives and you’re a nurse.”

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