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Hundreds of RNs to Protest CPMC Friday

Thursday, September 25, 2008 General News J E 4
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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 25 Hundreds of RNs in scrubs willprotest Friday outside the offices of California Pacific Medical Center overthe chain's refusal to address the very same contract issues that eight otherSutter Health facilities in the Bay Area have agreed to.

CPMC and St. Luke's RNs continue to work without a contract, and continueto work without patient safety protections, such as providing adequatecoverage to allow for meal and rest breaks, and without the kind of fairagreements on secure healthcare benefits and pension enhancements thattranslate into nurse recruitment and retention.

CPMC and St. Luke's RNs were among more than 4,000 Bay Area nurses whofought with Sutter Health for a new over the course of a year that includedthree different strikes. In recent weeks, the majority of Sutter facilitieshave moved to agreements with their nurses, leaving only CPMC and St. Luke'sas holdouts.

"Unlike the other Sutter facilities, CPMC and St. Luke's have beenhostile, resistant, and punitive towards their nurses. They are underminingpatient care and disrespecting the RNs who care for so many San Franciscans.It's time for CPMC to get serious about these issues and allow everyone toreturn to our focus on patient safety," said Jane Sandoval, an RN at St.Luke's.

More than 4000 CNA RNs at 10 Sutter hospitals have been in bargaining.These include: St. Luke's Hospital and California Pacific Medical Center inSan Francisco, San Leandro Hospital, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center inBerkeley and Oakland (including Caregivers and Healthcare Employees Unionmembers), Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame and San Mateo, EdenMedical Center in Castro Valley, Sutter Delta in Antioch, Sutter Solano inVallejo, Marin General, and Novato Community Hospital.

Representing 80,000 RNs in 50 states, the California NursesAssociation/National Nurses Organizing Committee is the largest andfastest-growing association of direct-care RNs in the nation. Learn more athttp://www.calnurses.org.WHAT: Hundreds of RNs in Scrubs Protest CPMC/St. Luke's Lack of Contract WHEN: Friday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m. WHERE: CPMC-California Campus Front Entrance, 3700 California St., SF

SOURCE California Nurses Association
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