Sutter Solano nurses protest 'attacks...

Sutter Solano nurses protest 'attacks' on nurses' rights

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Vallejo, CA

#1 Jan 22, 2013
Sutter Solano nurses protest 'attacks' on nurses' rights
Hospital officials say union strikes hurt patient care quality

Sutter Solano's registered nurses returned fire against hospital management Tuesday, condemning Sutter officials for threatening disciplinary action against nurses who strike the Vallejo facility.

Several dozen nurses and supporters rallied at Tuolumne Street and Hospital Drive, shouting rhetoric reminiscent of an earlier time. Gandhi was quoted. Martin Luther King was invoked.

"Nurses, united, can never be defeated!" they shouted. Two speakers suggested that because nurses are predominantly women, management sees them as "expendable," and treat them accordingly. Hospital officials denied such claims.

Just before Christmas, Sutter Solano officials said they don't believe the union's series of one-day strikes was protected by law, and insisted a Christmas Eve walkout was timed to disrupt hospital operations.

"There are 365 days in a year," Sutter Solano spokeswoman Nancy Turner said. "With that in mind, what is the purpose of striking three times in less than 60 days, or to calling a strike on Thanksgiving or Christmas? The union knows it is more difficult for us to secure qualified replacement workers to preserve quality patient care over the holidays."

The intermittent strikes prove the "union's real motive is to disrupt our operations,(an action) which is not protected," Turner said.

California Nurses Association/National Nurses United officials see the issue differently. They gathered Tuesday to protest actions they say were taken against its members just before and after the one-day Christmas Eve strike.

Just before the strike, "Sutter Solano management sent out illegal threats of discipline, up to suspension or firing, to nurses in an attempt to intimidate RNs from joining the protest," union officials said. "The hospital then demanded that all Sutter Solano RNs report to work on Dec. 24, even those not scheduled for shifts on that day."

Following the strike, the hospital issued written disciplinary action against the nurses for not reporting to work during the strike, "and even for not working... during the four-day lockout which the hospital imposed," they said.

Sutter officials say that while no one was fired for participating in the Christmas Eve strike, "details around discipline are private and we will not discuss" them, Turner said.

Sutter officials "stand by our decision," Turner said. "It is unfortunate that the union is placing their members, more importantly our employees, in this situation."

Union officials filed complaints against Sutter officials with the National Labor Relations Board over what they insist is a "blatant and illegal violation of Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act." That law "establishes a clear right for employees to engage in collective action, including the right to strike, without fear of retaliation, harassment, or discipline by their employer," union officials said, adding that regional board officials are expected to respond by February.

Union officials also filed a formal grievance with Sutter Solano, asserting the hospital violated the rights of nurses "who retain their CNA representation despite the contract dispute," they said.
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Los Altos, CA

#2 Jan 25, 2013
refuse to treat the thugs, that's all you have to do

Vallejo, CA

#3 Jan 25, 2013
Now "unions" are using their threats to endanger the public's safety and health; don't they need an Enviornmental Impact Report for that?

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