San Francisco, California – Workers at 12 Sutter Health sites in the Bay Area are planning a one-day strike on Monday to demand better workplace health and safety standards.
Around 8,000 workers from 15 facilities throughout northern California are expected to take part in the strike, according to the California Nurses Association.
Since June 2021, Sutter Health’s nurses and other healthcare workers have asked the health-care nonprofit to increase the number of nurses it hires.
A statement from a critical care nurse at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco reads in part:
“We have a moral and legal obligation to advocate for our patients. We advocate for them at the bedside, at the bargaining table, and if we have to, on the strike line.”
Staff at 15 Sutter Health facilities, including those in San Francisco, Oakland, Vallejo, Castro Valley, Berkeley, Antioch, Novato, Santa Rosa, and Novato, are set to go on strike between the hours of 7am and 11am and 2pm and 6pm.