Jessica Cejnar Andrews / Friday, March 11, 2022 @ 3:15 p.m. / COVID-19, Health

Sutter Coast Hospital Nurses Will Join 'Informational Picket' Focusing on Staffing, Workplace Violence Protections, Pandemic Readiness

Sutter Coast Hospital nurses will take part in an "informational picket" protesting issues at Sutter Health regarding staffing, protection against workplace violence and pandemic readiness. File photo | Andrew Goff

Nurses at Sutter Coast Hospital will join others across the network’s Northern California hospitals Tuesday protesting what they say is Sutter Health’s refusal to address their concerns about staffing, workplace violence and pandemic readiness.

From a California Nurses Association and National Nurses United news release:

Registered nurses at 15 Sutter Health hospitals across Northern California will hold informational pickets on Tuesday, March 15 to protest Sutter’s refusal to address RNs’ proposals about staffing, workplace violence, and pandemic readiness, announced California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) today.

“We have been on the front lines before and during this pandemic,” said Amy Erb, critical care RN at California Pacific Medical Center of San Francisco. “Throughout this time, we have witnessed Sutter Health become profitable while they refuse to invest in the resources we need in order for us to provide safe and effective care to our patients and community.”

Nurses notified Sutter Health corporate officials on March 4 that they would hold an informational picket. See below for picket times, locations, and contact information.

Sutter Health RNs have been in contract negotiations since June 2021 for a new contract with little to no movement on key issues. The RNs urge management to invest in nursing staff and agree to a contract that provides:

    • safe staffing that allows nurses to provide safe and therapeutic care;
    • pandemic readiness protections that require the hospitals to invest in personal protective equipment stockpiles and comply with California's PPE stockpile law;
    • presumptive eligibility for workers’ compensation that covers infectious diseases and protocols that ensure nurses have the resources needed to keep their patients and themselves safe; and
    • workplace violence protections that include plans to mitigate and prevent violence within the hospitals and comply with the state's workplace violence prevention law.


“Sutter Health is not investing in us, the nurses, or the community they should be serving,” said Renee Waters, RN in the trauma neuro intensive care unit at Sutter Roseville. “Instead, they are frequently using the word ‘commitment’ in their responses to us without actually agreeing to proposals that hold them accountable. Sutter failed us during the pandemic. Our proposals are intended to correct Sutter’s gaps in pandemic readiness and workplace violence prevention. We want to have a proactive approach to the protections we deserve. We need Sutter to back up their statements that we are heroes and valued, with agreements to our proposals at the bargaining table.”

Facilities, locations, picket times, and local contact info:

Sutter Solano Medical Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Vallejo, CA 94589

7:30 a.m.-9:30. a.m.

Contact: Labor Representative Jackie Dragon, 510-816-3370

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital, 30 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Contact: Labor Representative Amihan Milman, 510-325-5671

Sutter Coast Hospital, 800 East Washington Boulevard, Crescent City, CA 95531

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Contact: Labor Representative Shawn Bartlett, 415-261-3276

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, 1420 N. Tracy Blvd, Tracy, CA 95376

8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Contact: Labor Representative Matt Fennell, 510-697-7575

California Pacific Medical Center, 1101 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94109

12 p.m.-2 p.m.

Contact: Labor Representative Katy Rose, 510-220-8244

California Pacific Medical Center, 3555 Cesar Chavez, San Francisco, CA 94110

12 p.m.-2 p.m.

Contact: Labor Representative Ruben Garcia, 415-745-5833

Santa Cruz VNA, 2880 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Contact: Labor Representative Katy Rose, 510-220-8244

Eden Medical Center, 20103 Lake Chabot Rd., Castro Valley 94546

7 a.m.-9 a.m.

Contact: Labor Representative Robert Hester, 510-697-8558

Sutter Delta Medical Center, 3901 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA 94509

3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Contact: Labor Representative Robert Hester, 510-697-8558

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital and Sutter Auburn Home Health and Hospice

11815 Education Street, Auburn, CA 95661

1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

Contact: Labor Representative Reggie Davis, 510-219-6998

Sutter Roseville Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Roseville, CA, 95661

3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Contact: Labor Representative Joe Henry, 916-801-3561

Sutter Lakeside Hospital, 5176 Hill Rd. E, Lakeport, CA 95453

9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Contact: Labor Representative Ian Selden, 707-535-6747

Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, 1501 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010

2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Contact: Labor Representative Diane Powe, 510-433-2776

Novato Community Hospital, 180 Rowland Way, Novato, CA 94945

7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Contact: Labor Representative Amihan Milman, 510-325-5671

Sutter Center for Psychiatry, 7700 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95826

2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Contact: Labor Representative Amanda Steiner, 916-707-0589


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