Alta Bates nurses go on strike!
July 03, 2012
Nurses at Alta Bates Summit Hospital on Ashby Avenue in Berkeley plan to strike today, the fifth walk-out since September 2011. The nurses are protesting concession demands they say “would undermine patient care protections as well as health and living standards for the registered nurses.”
Tuesday’s strike will affect 3,500 RNs, and also several hundred respiratory, X-ray, and other technicians at seven Alameda and San Mateo county hospitals operated by the Sutter corporation. A rally is planned at Alta Bates at 11:00 a.m.
“It has become necessary to strike again as Sutter has dug in its heels and refused to negotiate on any issue on the table,” said Alta Bates Summit RN Mike Hill in a statement published online. “They have said they want every takeaway proposed without exception despite record profits and executive salaries. This stance is unacceptable for our nurses, our communities, and our patients.”