Nurses At Sutter Health Hospitals To Vote On Strike

Nurses at hospitals throughout the Bay Area associated with Sutter Health may be going on strike again.

With labor talks stalled, the nearly five thousand registered nurses represented by the California Nurses Association/ National Nurses Organizing Committee will vote in the next few days on whether to authorize their union to call a strike.

If the nurses do vote in favor of a walkout, it would be the third -- and perhaps longest strike -- against the eleven hospitals.

In October and December nurses at the hospitals walked off the job for two days.

The nurses and hospital management are at odds over health and retirement benefits, meal and break time, and safe lifting procedures.

The union also is seeking contract language to make it easier to organize at Sutter hospitals.

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