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    Quote from stevierae
    I always thought that Sutter nurses were CNA (union?) I am not sure, because I worked there (CPMC) as a traveler. If they are not currently CNA, they should unionize--they need a voice---CNA was instrumental in getting AB 394 passed, and ex-Governor Gray Davis responsible fr passing it and mandating it for all hospitals since January 2004. However, he was recalled and Arnold S. became governor, and the rest is history....
    I am one of the nurses at Sutter Santa Rosa (an hour north of San Francisco) who chose not to go along with this strike. Why? Because I, along with the majority of my collegues, voted two months ago to secede from the SEIU and form our own union. Unfortunately, the SEIU has taken our action to the NLRB so it will be a few months before we finally have our own, RN-only union; in the meantime...

    This strike really doesn't have much to do with wages or safe staffing levels. It is an attempt by the union to force Sutter to implement a "master contract" that would cover all of Sutter's facilities, much like Kaiser has. But what works for Kaiser won't work for Sutter because all of Sutter's facilities are administered individually, locally. Furthermore, where Kaisers' members pay for their services, most of Sutter's hospitals are community hospitals.

    As far as staffing levels go, our hospital implemented Gov. Davis's staffing levels at the beginning of 2003, even though Gov. Arnold has stalled the legislation that would make it law.

    The media and most people's first reaction is to side with the strikers. Normally, I would do the same. But in this case the union is wrong. The strike is a blatant attempt to increase it's membership and, more importantly, to increase its power across the Sutter system.

    As a ground-level employee, most of us are very aware of work-place discontent. Usually a ground-swell of momentum is built-up over time to a level where striking becomes the next logical step. I can't speak for others in the Sutter system, but here in Santa Rosa people are generally happy working here. Aside from the typical work-place moaning and groaning, there has been nothing going on that would suggest a strike. The union basically told us we were going on strike about ten days before it actually happened.

    I am no fan of administration but this union and its strike are very destructive. It has had the effect of deeply dividing our staff. 40% of our staff crossed the picket line here. Other campuses report up to 65% of their workers crossing. Personally, I can't wait for the NLRB to rule in favor of our RN-only union and then we can begin to negotiate for our own interests.



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