Your Voice: Disappointed nurse, fair deal for pool and more
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Nurse disappointed by ‘unprofessional’ Sutter

EDITOR,

The nurses at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital engaged in a one-day strike Aug. 14 in protest to Sutter delaying a fair and just first contract. Though we filed for a 24-hour strike, it was Sutter’s decision to punitively lock out their nurses for four additional days. CEO Dave Thompson contracted with out-of-state agencies to provide exorbitant travel expenses and pay for an ample amount of replacement nurses.

We see our collaborative workforce as family. We are disappointed in STCH’s unprofessional response to the 82 percent of nurses who voted to support a strike. We have been voicing our unsafe staffing concerns to management for years, with many units inadequately staffed to address break or lunch relief, while our ER constantly uses traveler nurses to fill vacancies. Yet, only during a strike will Sutter address understaffing.

Similarly, we are the lowest-paid Sutter nurses paying the highest health care premium costs and have endured extensive monetary and benefit cuts in lieu of Sutter Health’s enormous profits. Still, Sutter recklessly spurges on expensive replacement nurses during a strike and lockout instead of addressing our chronic inability to recruit and retain area nurses. Our capped wages stay stagnant, yet our CEO’s annual salary is over $800,000, a 25 percent increase in two years.

Yes, Sutter has endless resources to fight their nurses and obstruct our attempts to improve patient care, but we have our collective action and that is our voice. We want a contract to ensure that nurses are involved in the care they deliver at the bedside. We are asking for respect at work, just as we are committed to advocating for our patients and our Tracy community.

Dotty Nygard, RN BSN, Tracy

City should seek fair pool buyout deal

EDITOR,

Last week, there was an article in the Press wherein the Tracy Unified School District plans to discuss a proposal at its upcoming meeting to approach the city about purchasing its interest in the West High pool to obtain 100 percent control over that asset.

In past discussions, members of the public and City Council have expressed frustration in being able to work with the school district in obtaining reasonable access to the West High pool for the swim clubs and other members of this community.

I hope that when the school district does approach the city about acquiring its interest in the pool, the following points are part of a final deal:

• The city does not settle for anything less than its original investment in the pool, which, if memory serves me correctly, was in the neighborhood of $3 million. Perhaps something more than that would be warranted as a buyout price. In the private business sector, there is typically a premium paid by the purchasing party to acquire control in any venture, and a savvy seller will always hold out for that premium, especially where it is under no compulsion to sell.

• There should be a three-to-five-year “transition” period whereby the school district gives access to the city for use of the pool by members of the community under favorable terms.

By driving a fair but hard bargain, we can accomplish two objectives: (1) giving members of the community meaningful access to the West High pool during the transition period, and (2) funds received from the buyout could be used with other available funds to construct a pool that meets the needs of the community in a cost-effective, prudent manner so that the new pool is in place at the end of the transition period.

Steve Nicolaou, Tracy

Micke Grove fundraiser open to all

EDITOR,

In 2013, the Micke Grove Zoological Society assumed management and financial responsibility of the county zoo’s education department. To support our department and staff, MGZS must schedule fundraisers to pay for expenses: employee salaries, children’s programs and care of our animal collection. The community is invited to the MGZS Tapas and Wine Fiesta fundraiser — “Celebrando la Naturaleza, Celebrating Nature” — scheduled on Sept. 13 from

5 to 8 p.m. to be held inside Micke Grove Zoo.

Adults only, 21 years and older, will enjoy strolling under the stars in the zoo, sampling wines from local — Ramon Rios Vineyard & Winery — and regional wineries from Calistoga, Lodi and Manteca. Restaurants and bakeries throughout the valley are contributing delicious appetizers and desserts to sample while sipping on wine and enjoying musical entertainment. Tickets may be purchased for $35 per person or $60 per couple online at www.mgzoo.com or mgzs@mgzoo.com.

MGZS is a nonprofit 501c(3) corporation that financially supports the county zoo and provides educational programs to children at elementary schools throughout San Joaquin County. Our staff has visited Tracy Title 1-designated elementary schools — Central and North schools — bringing our educational conservation programs and wildlife animals at no cost to the schools of Tracy Unified School District.

Linda Jimenez, Tracy, MGZS Board of Directors secretary

City, TUSD bear THS parking fault

EDITOR,

Parking was an issue when I was attending Tracy High 30 years ago. The City Council has built a “civic center” across the street and the school district has almost rebuilt the entire campus and neither has done anything to address the parking problem. I view this as a complete failure on both their parts. From personal experience, when I called the police because somebody had blocked my driveway, they did not send an officer. They sent an elderly gentleman who said “Oh my.” He asked to call a tow truck but he not. He wasn’t even going to write a ticket until I became a bit hostile with him. In a real city with real enforcement, all I have to do is call the tow truck and the vehicle is removed. If it’s not your driveway, stay out of it and don’t block it. If the proper respect of moral law for others is not working, then city leaders need to address the problem with laws on the books to protect us from those who seem to believe they are above and beyond the rest of us.

Jeffery McDonald, Tracy

Teacher merit pay defense

EDITOR,

Mickey McGuire took a contrary view as to the value of merit pay for teachers. Before we discuss his objections, two things should be noted. First, there was no attempt to defend the existing system where teachers get increased pay for higher levels of education or years as a teacher. Education and years on the clock do not necessarily a better teacher make, and Mickey was right to not even try to defend such a system. Mickey neglected to disagree with the Dallas School District’s attempt to base 35 percent of merit pay on actual student performance, as it is an objective measurement of performance. Mickey mentioned studies that came to a conclusion of no correlation between teacher merit pay and student achievement with certain merit pay systems. He “forgot” to mention that there have been studies by Harvard, University of Chicago, UC San Diego and others that did show that merit pay, if done correctly, showed significant improvement in student performance. Mickey objected to part of the Dallas district merit plan that based 15 percent of performance on a student survey as arbitrary. While there is always one or two students that don’t like a teacher because they think the teacher is unfair, all the administrators and teachers I have known have taken a lot of stock in what students say about teacher performance. After all, they are the actual consumers of education and who would know better? His final objection was to administrative observations as being part of performance evaluations. Having spent 32 years in the private sector and 15 years in education, I have found 95 percent of my evaluations by bosses to be fair. Bosses, at least ones that want to survive, do not arbitrarily evaluate their employees based upon their personal feelings. Principals and the bosses I worked for got to keep their jobs by getting rid of poor-performing employees and giving merit pay to good ones.

Scott Hurban, Tracy

Robin Williams missed

EDITOR,

I will miss the joy of new discoveries with Robin Williams. When you have depression, I know that it’s an unfathomable pit. I have a cousin who recently committed suicide after years of hearing voices. She had a similar exit strategy to Williams.

Several years ago, we were in the middle of driving back and forth to Palo Alto to the children’s hospital at Stanford. Every single time we went, there was another article in the newspaper about the suicide pact of teens at Gunn High School. They had four suicides, at the same train crossing. Many teen suicides — including Columbine — are a response to bullying.

Satan is a good prompter, any chance he gets at making those who are already feeling low to feel even lower than low. They can’t see any way out of the pit. They forget to look up and see God, an ever-present help, at the top of that pit. Williams didn’t need much prompting, as he had so many stressors. He was trying to sell a chateau in Napa Valley. That’s not a good fit for an alcoholic/addict trying to maintain recovery, and likely why he was trying to sell. His career was ebbing and flowing — another easy thing to see why he felt so low — as his hilarious series, “The Crazy Ones” was canceled after one season.

That he lifted himself out of these pits before was phenomenal. That he had such a sparkling and funny trajectory in his star-making path was uplifting for so long. And if the main part of his legacy is that he showed those who have depression to just ask for help, that’s enough. I grieve that he’s gone, but what a life! He was a shooting star, gone much too soon.

Deborah Littleton, Tracy
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ProudRN
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August 31, 2014
The Nurses at STCH are joined together because of the unjustified actions that sutter has imposed. They reduced our salary, increased our costs of healthcare, reduced staffing and premiums to replace sick calls therefore promoting an environment where we work short regularly. These cuts directly affected our patients and the care they receive. We attempted to rectify these issues and brought them up on a regular basis to no avail, because no action was taken we felt like only by uniting and supporting each other we can have a voice and be heard. That is why and what led us nurses uniting and getting the union involved. If it wasn't for having Dotty and other great nurses behind us, who knows what else they would have taken from us. We are not money hungry like others would like you all to think. We simply want what was taken from us and to be respected as professionals and given the tools to be successful in caring for our patients. Is that really too much to ask?! I don't understand why some of our anti union nurses are so angry and bitter with us since this will ultimately benefit them as well. To Dotty and all the great nurses supporting us, I thank you all .
CYARN
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August 31, 2014


I am a nurse that is proud to work for Sutter Tracy and support CNA. I would just like to clarify a lot of misinformation given by other nurses. I hope that with our great bargaining team alongside the hospitals administration team we can finally come together and as Dr. Laura Schlessinger would say "now go do the right thing"

1.) Every Registered Nurse had the right to vote, if they had higher priorities than voting that is also their right. The ballet had yes/no and no name was marked. We believe in a fair and equal vote and contract. You can ask several depts that crossed, no repercussions occurred for these nurses to continue with their beliefs.

2.) Do not worry for one second that the intent was to "financially cripple" the institution, they have strike insurance, which allows for 3 fully funded, paid for strikes. So the insurance paid for your free sack lunch.

3.) I call free food a nice gesture. Sutter Tracy Hospital provides free food to the doctors 365 days a year and hospital (as well as ancillary) staff get a free Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner every year, which is very appreciated.

4.) I participated in this strike on my own free time and free will, no strike fund exists, I even brought a cooler of cold water. Why, you may ask? Because as Dr. Laura says, "Do the right thing"

CYARN
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August 31, 2014


5.) Bullying is not necessary or acceptable. We have so many supporters there really is no reason to persuade unwilling people to do the right thing and not allow themselves to be used or abused by Sutter.

6.) The 5 day lockout was ABSOLUTELY for punishment. The strike insurance covered all fees incurred with regard to travelers, so Sutter can excuse these travelers with pay and lose zero because the insurance covers 3 strikes a year.

7.) Nurses support each other and we are proud of this. We would not want to alienate any part of our family or nurses we work with, regardless of their beliefs. A simple "thanks, but have no interest" would suffice. It would also save our time and we could inform people actually interested in the issue.

Sutter Tracy Hospital Nurses are represented by CNA thanks to Dotty. It was a blessing that we passed with strong pro union support. Those nurses who dislike unions should go to work at other non-union hospitals where you will not have to pay a tax deductible $1200 a year. This small amount would be a drop in the bucket if STCH gave us our cert pay $4000 /yr back plus 2years of wage increases that we currently have a freeze on, not to mention low
CYARN
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August 31, 2014
lower our healthcare that they have raised every year in the past 10 yrs. They have also been deceptive with regards to healthcare payments, we have previously paid healthcare insurance in 24 pay periods, but in the past 2 yrs, without notifying us, they charged us healthcare premiums in all 26 pay periods. We advocate for pt safety, just yesterday I worked in my unit with 3 nurses to care for 14 beds in ER,

but on strike lockout days they paid 12 travelers. Why can't our patients get this care 365 days a year? We challenge administration to sit down and bargain fairly.

fortheunderdog
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August 29, 2014
Let the Tracy Tritons, or any other city league swim team, build their own pool. The West High pool is FOR STUDENTS! If the Tritons, or any other team, want a pool have them talk to the city about their water park they've been working years to acquire.
Mommyof6
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August 27, 2014
I would like to respond to everything that I have read thus far. I am currently a nurse at Sutter Tracy and did cross the picket line because I have looked at both sides very closely and was able to make my own decision...I do not agree with what administration has taken away from us i.e certification pay, extra shift differential and high healthcare premiums. But I also do not agree with the tactics that the CNA in using. As Dr. Phil would say " your behavior is getting you no where, so how's that workin for ya?"

First: voting for the strike WAS NOT confidential, they handed you a piece of paper and you casted your vote RIGHT in front of the union reps. May not be bullying but there is intimidation there. And not EVERY nurse was allowed to vote!

Secondly: the deviation of a strike is it " financially cripple" an institution.

Third: the CNA reps have been proving food for the nurses for over 2 years, some may call that persuasion. I do!

Fourth: As for the CNA reps saying they don't get paid by CNA, there is a stipend and a strike fund!

Mommyof6
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August 27, 2014
Fifth: as for nurses being bullied, that is a strong word BUT yes there was fear of retaliation from the nurses who wanted us to strike and I will attest to that. THAT is not a lie!

Sixth: the nurses who participated in the strike were well aware that they would be locked out for the 5 days, because administration wanted to punish them, not true, but because that was their contract commitment with the company they used to relieve our nurses. The hospital also provided food for the staff that worked as well. We may have also been shown appreciation by physicians who provided lunch, snacks and goodies.

As far as no communication with the nurses on the picket line, that is absolutely a lie! I was texted several times while I was caring for the patients of our community to come a join the picket line! I have the texts to prove it!

The strike embarrassed me as a professional because it is making nurses look like they are money hungry. We all make choices in our lives and we choose where we want to work, so instead of throwing a fit and trying to cause angst, find somewhere else to work, where you feel that you are treated better. As CNA has told me personally, that because I have RN behind my name, that gives me the ability to work in another facility during the strike or anywhere for that matter. Which in my opinion is being hypocritical because CNA is asking me to do what they are supposedly fighting against, using travelers.

CNA talks about patient safety, walking out on your job and requiring the hospital to bring in travelers is NOT patient safety! As far as the relief nurses that were brought in,fantastic job! I was happy to work along side them! They were there to work and take care of our community and that is the type of work environment I like to work in. The CNA has heavily courted me to join them. Trying to give me options on how to make extra money prior to the strike to compensate to the lost wages, trying to make me feel bad that they are fighting for "me" and how could I not join them in the fight, offering food, bringing me pins and lanyards to put on and not taking "no" for an answer.

In regards to the strike vote again, 82% was the final number but it was conducted and counted by the CNA. There were no numbers provided to administration on how many nurses voted nor was it counted by a non bias third party. Therefore, for example 40 nurses could have voted out of the approx. 150 and out of the 40 who voted 82% could have voted yes. So, not sure how well the Sutter nurse population was represented. The day I took the Nightengale pledge in front of my family and community, I was so proud of the accomplishment that I had made. Getting through any nursing program is nothing short of easy. I became a nurse because I feel it is my calling, to serve my community and if I feel that I am not being treated fairly I have every opportunity to look elsewhere because I have RN behind my name. To Mr. Thompson I hope that we can resolve the issue with the contract, to the CNA, as much as you demand the administration to be transparent, I would hope that CNA would be transparent as well. Let's not forget that CNA only won the official vote to be voted in by a mere 2 votes and even then NOT every nurse was allowed to vote. We will be forced to pay approx $1500 a year for something that I may not want. That money could go to a family vacation, college fund, savings and many other things.

The whole situation is sad and I hope that we can come to some resolve soon and the reputation of Sutter hospital nurses be restored to that of professional, knowledgeable, courteous, caring and compassionate!
EDRN
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August 27, 2014
I appreciate your well thought out response, waiting to see both sides of the coin. In response, 1) during a strike vote, you still had the option of voting NO even though a CNA rep was present. If you felt intimidated by their presence, that is something you have to work out on your own. If you feel strongly about your vote, then voting as you feel should not matter 2) I think you meant providing food, (not proving food), and back to my comment on #1, if you feel strongly about your convictions, then food should not be a factor. But you contradict CNA's food offering by saying administration fed staff and provided goodies. So who is persuading who? 3) I have been on strike many times and never received a stipend or portions of a strike fund. I speak for countless others 4) Nurse managers, nurse administrators, are not allowed to vote, so no, not all nurses are allowed to vote. Perhaps we can explore that one. Need more details. I agree that Sutter NURSES have compassion. However Sutter's reputation speaks for itself. The fight is not all about money. It is about justice and parity. Incidently, it is Nightingale, not Nightengale. It will end when admin hears our voices.
Mommyof6
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August 27, 2014
EDRN

1) I did vote"no", but it was the manner in which the vote was handled. Yes, it can be intimidating to some for people to be watching them vote. 2) Yes, I was referring to a comment made trying to glorify what the relief nurses received. Physicians were showing their appreciation for the staff that was there to support. In no way were they were trying to persuade us, CNA has been relentlessly providing food for the nurses for over 2 years, coaxing you to their table to feed you their propaganda. 3) The main reps are provided a stipend. 4)As far as voting, no not everyone was able to vote. You were not allowed to vote unless you had worked for sutter for a certain period of time. Unfair considering it directly affected my career at sutter. I agree as well that our nurses are compassionate but our reputation is being tainted by all of this. I apologize for the oversight in grammer, yes Nightingale. If the fight is not about money then it needs to stop being the focus because that is what is devaluing our reputation.
Grannygear
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August 28, 2014
I am a consumer of health care at our local first aid establishment and I totally support it's unionization . Here is why; when I was admitted for an accident a couple of years ago and required orthopedic surgery, I was discharged as soon as the bill equalled what the insurance would pay in spite of the fact that I had only been out of bed briefly with PT 3 times, and the nursing staff knew I was not ready to go home. In fact, an embarrassed charge nurse told me to " call the fire department if you can't make it into your house". These nurses are so cowed by hospital administration that they would not even consider bucking orders. I ended up needing a second surgery due to this, but chose to go elsewhere, obviously. If the nurses won't stand up for you, you are screwed. And that is the way Sutter likes it. If you want your local hospital to be a safe place for your family to seek care, you should support its struggles to unionize. It's in your best interests.
Malia
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August 26, 2014
This is petty STCH Nurses! You need your own web site for an argument forum. I would not want your "care" for me, or for any of my loved ones knowing that your focus is such.
KJeff95376
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August 25, 2014
Nurses - are you underpaid? Yes. - And I do appreciate every Nurse, and all that they do. However, like any other industry, you lose me when you whine about "CEO pay vs. employee pay". As a Nurse, you do not have the responsibility of a CEO- one who is responsible for every single employee on staff, as well as every single aspect of being a functioning Hospital. You, the Nurse, are responsible for your job, and your job alone (whatever duties are outlined). So, until you are 100% responsible for every square inch of that Hospital, from Staff & Supplies, to Lunch Trays & Light Bulbs, you have no point to make if you're going to compare yourself to a CEO. CEO's are NOW treated like Son-In-Laws that were handed their jobs, when MOST started at the bottom, and didn't stop until they became CEO. Sorry they make so much more than you do, but they are responsible for so much more. I appreciate all that a Nurse does, and recognize that Hospitals would be lost without them, but to say that CEO's should be paid less is just you crying "not fair". Again, if you want CEO Pay, you have to accept CEO Responsibility.
Ms.Vale
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August 23, 2014
To all the courageous nurses, kudos! To all the doctors who showed their support, thank you! To everyone who honk their cars, it means a lot to us! FYI, we didn't get paid to go out there!
Ms.Vale
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August 23, 2014
Nurses need not to be bullied to strike. We are all adults capable of making our own decisions. Prior to a strike, we voted and majority voted "Yes." Our unit has experienced a lot of changes in the past years. There was a time when we had a threat of a lay-off. Yes, lay-off when they're scrambling for staff to work extra shifts. Our newly-hired nurses were forced to transfer to other units to save their jobs, sadly, others left because of the uncertainty of the situation. To this day, we now have travelers, who are guaranteed their hours. Now we are in the predicament of being bumped of our regular schedules. This is how management solved staffing issues. Furthermore, we were promised to have 1:4 ratio, but forgot to tell us that there was a "fine print", " If staffing allows it." Nobody saw this coming because management promised to have a better communication with the nurses. What Sutter did during the 1-day strike and the 4- day lockout was an insult to their core staff. If management can afford to provide extra staff on a strike, why can't they do that on a daily basis, so when our pts. pushed that call light, their needs can be attended? Don't we owe that to our community?
CYARN
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August 22, 2014
Concerned nurse, you must try to feel concerned about others and not just yourself. The nurses that crossed the line had no interaction with union so no need to makeup bullying lies. The Strike was incredible and the Most caring nurses who are fighting for eachother, for PTs safety and for our families showed great courage and respect in sharing the issues that the hospital chooses to ignore.

I am glad that you crossed and worked with the temps who worked just for the strike and for the perks they received with room, board, transportation, flights, $5500 and $500 certificate plus all meals. You mentioned most doctors like replacements better then staff well that must have been awkward for you since you knew they would be leaving you soon and you aren't the favorite. Our unit did not have a mix just a lot of extra temps and that was helpful for them to have 12 nurses to take care of 14 beds when we only have 4 nurses to do the same job everyday of the year. We completely trusted Sutter with caring for our patients being that they doubled the staff nurses and doubled the doctors working for each shift. We take our hats off to them for being prepared...STCH Wages & benefits lacking
15yrRN
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August 22, 2014
I needed to mention something else. A lot of the safe practices and ratios we have now were brought about because of the union. Also Sutter was not "forced into a strike." The union reps and nurse reps have met multiple times with sutter administrators and lawyers regarding our first contract. This process has continued for 2 years!!! I have gone to observe proceedings and have noted multiple times that Sutter does not come to the table to offer any change to current pay scales and insurance premiums, even wanting a contract to be signed stating they will again change insurance rates/coverage without wanting to explain what changes those will be. If Sutter Tracy wanted to resolve this they could by looking at the contracts they have established at other sutter facilities. The bottom line here is money: the less they spend on nurses, safe staffing, health coverage for its employees, the more money and bonuses all management and administrators receive. I believe all of us deserve fair wages and reasonable and obtainable health coverage. This would help to obtain and retain regular staff instead of relying so heavily on traveling nurses who have no ties to the patients in Tracy.
15yrRN
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August 22, 2014
I am not sure who was feeling bullied. I have been a nurse 12 years at Sutter. I have never once felt bullied by Dotty or any other nurses supportive of the union. But, I sure have felt bullied by Sutter. I have watched helplessly over the years as they have made cuts to wages and cert pay, as they have edged out nurses who have dared to speak out against unfair wages, sky High insurance premiums, and unsafe patient staffing. I was there when they spent thousands or more on anti union propaganda and bringing in administrators and Sutter bullied nurses individually at all hours of the day and night. . I work here because I love taking care of people and the community I live in. However, out of all the sutter facilities we are the lowest paid nurses with the highest insurance premiums. I am standing with my fellow nurses to improve working conditions, safety and fair wages. I am proud of Dotty and all the other nurses who care enough about us and our profession to know we deserve better. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but do not hide behind lies and false accusations to attempt to strike fear or doubt. We are not going anywhere. Thank you to all my fellow nurses.
Concernednurse
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August 22, 2014
To the nurses who when on strike.....Not everyone in the hospital feels we need a UNION. From the 82 nurses out of 160 many were bullied into voting yes to strike and were also bullied into not crossing the line.

I was one of the nurse who crossed the line for my patients, my family, if you were so concerned with your patient safety you would not have forced our hospital to a strike. The hospital did what they had to because of your actions. Most of your Physicians liked the replacement workers better than the staff.

I bet, DOTTY, that many of the nurses who support the union or were bullied into supporting the union do not know that you are PAID by the union to strike. While those nurses who supported the union made $14 for the entire 5 days they missed work you didn't lose any pay.

As for patient safety our hospital follows the California guideline for staffing ratios and our hospital was given an award for the safest hospital in the united states and this was before we went Union.. Union Means together. Not one of us was together on this.

As for wages, we are paid comparable to the other RN's in the valley which is where our hospital resides not the bay area. Your wage comparison is unjust as the union is comparing wages from bay area hospitals not valley hospitals.

I just wanted everyone to know that not all the nurse feel like DOTTY and not all of us can be bullied.
Bird_Man
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August 22, 2014
If there are enough that will stand with you against the union, and think as you do, then perhaps a union decertification election is in order. Tell Dotty and her ilk exactly where to go and how to get there.

If you think you have been bullied in the past, just wait until you try to decertify. Fair warning on that. You just have to be prepared to get dirty and escalate every tactic they use. When they no longer feel safe and secure, they have a tendency to leave.
californiakid
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August 22, 2014
dear concerned.

first: you need to validate and verify your information. It was 82% of the nurses who voted that day. 95 out of 116. We no longer have the 166 nurses at the time we voted CNA in. We are down to 153, most of the rest are travelers.

second: no one was bullied. last I checked nurses are educated professional with minds of their own.



third: I striked for my patients. ONE day. STCH locked us out the other 4. As for physician's likeing travelers better...you are mistaken. I have spoken to many and one brought us donuts the morning of the strike for support.

fourth: CNA does not have a strike fund. NO nurses were paid.



fifth: yes sutter is a great place to work in a community I love. But healthcare non profit or not is big buisness. Nurses are the last line of defense for patients in this changing time.

sixth: As for patient ratios, You can thank all the other CNA nurses and CNA for fighting 13 years to get that law passed in 2008.

seventh: wages are as Dotty said. lowest in sutter. Even roseville and sacramento are paid higher and they are not the bay area. It was a statement of fact, nothing more.

I suggest you do some homework. Look up california nursing association, look up california hospital association(the union Sutter pays dues to)check out the legislation in sacramento right now and see whats happening. get on line and see how we are the envy of every other state because of ratios and see how we are not alone in trying to have a say in patient care delivery. If nothing else...be informed.

and unlike you I have no problem signing my name

Candy Meservy R.N. C.A.P.A.

ambulatory care and GI nurse

horsinAround
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August 22, 2014
The bay area probably wishes it had some of what Sacramento has. It is the state capital. And some of the business created in the state capital are created by the state's biggest venture capital. The Government of the State of California. To compare salaries in Sacramento is like saying Stockton could be the next Washington DC. I think Manteca salaries would be a good comparative. But I can't see Sacramento on par with this discussion.
mr.oxygen
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August 23, 2014
I agree with Dotty and Candy together amongst us 150 RNs who went on the picket line not only supporting us in solidarity and advocating to our patient.

We are the hospiatal and this is our community hospital. We own our patients and thier families. Thus, management had devalued our own patients and thier families, devalued our profession, our family.

We went on one day strike. It is shameful that the management locked us out. It is shameful to the management that they spend money paying the vendor three time per hour of our pay. Management overstaffed during one day strike and four days locked out. Well infact, management can not retain thier nurses and unable to provide adequate meals and breaks.

Again, they devalued US and the community of Tracy.
EDRN
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August 23, 2014
It is sad to note that in your narrative, you state the Physicians liked the replacement workers more than the staff. Are we in High School or are we professionals? Staff splitting and calling a nurse out with bold letters in a letter to the editor is bullying. Who is the bully in this scenario? I am a Sutter nurse, I am well aware of their lack of transparency, medical redlining and union busting. I know this because they attempted to close my hospital down in SF if it were not for the voices of nurses and CNA. You have lost your bet that Dotty was paid, as striking union nurse activists do NOT get paid. I am glad your feel you work in a safe environment. You can thank CNA for ratio laws, not Sutter. Sutter is merely complying with the law. Workplace violence, as well as presumptive eligibility for MRSA, and safe lifting are other legislation CNA is responsible for spearheading. The voting process is confidential - no nurse leader or union rep forces a nurse to cast their vote in their favor. So perhaps there are flaws in your theory of being bullied into voting yes. Sutter's track record speaks for itself.
purebloodRN
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August 23, 2014
It's a shame that shame you can post a lengthy comment without verifying your facts. I wonder how you got the idea that the replacement workers were liked more by the Doctors..and which Doctor was this?..It is quite clear as black and white..WHo do you think can give better care to our valued patients?..The replacement workers who were their for 5 days and are in it for the perks attached to the job, or the majority of long tenure RNs who are dedicated, hard working and efficiently help the hospital achieve the safest hospital award that you were saying?..

Lastly, we did not get bullied into the Strike, we are way mature and professionals for that..We supported the union because WE are the union..

And think about this..The RNs who came back to work after the lock out period reported that in one of the units upstairs, the Manager and Asst. Manager were not talking to the RNs who joined the Strike and staff were encouraged to report and write up each for petty things as a way of "getting back" to these RNs. Now, who do you think is the BULLY?..
mthouseman
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August 26, 2014
So, if I understand correctly, the hospital was forced into bringing in outside nurses, because the ones that "usually" worked there wanted to take a day off and play picket line walker. Then the picket line walkers are upset that they didn't get to go back the next day...Did they really expect any temp nurse staff to come out for 1 day, then go home? To me the hospital did what they had to do, because of the actions of the unions...ask them to pony up any lost wages.

People can say that it's about patient care and such as that because it is a pressure point sure to invoke an emotion, but at the end of the day, it boils down to money...they want more because others get more and it's not fair that some people get $800,00 per year and they don't. Everybody should get the same trophy, just for participating.


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