Nurses picket outside Sutter Tracy
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Dec 12, 2013 | 3907 views | 1 1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nurses picket Sutter
Nurses carry signs along Tracy Boulevard outside Sutter Tracy Community Hospital during an informational picket Thursday, Dec. 12.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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About two-dozen nurses who work at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital held what they called an “informational picket” outside the medical center, Thursday, Dec. 12. The employees say they were protesting hospital management’s unwillingness to bargain in their contract negotiations with the California Nurses Association, which represents the nurses. The negotiations have continued without agreement since June 2012. Hospital spokeswoman Catherine Larsen said Sutter has signed 29 tentative agreements during 47 bargaining sessions in that time but that those proposals have not been approved by the union. She added that patient care during the picket was not impacted.

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December 12, 2013

My understanding is that the agreements Sutter signed were all non-monetary in nature, but that no salary or benefit issues have been agreed to. That is leading to great frustration among the nurses who have been struggling to make a contract with Sutter for well over a year.

You may not be aware that RNs at nearly every Sutter hospital have been going though the same struggle in recent years as Sutter makes annual " takeaways" from staff and record profits. Yes profits. Meanwhile they use their non-profit status to avoid paying taxes on either income or property. Is this in the best interests of our community?

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