By Associated Press and Matt Weiser
The union that represents nurses who work at Sutter hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area said thousands of nurses will be walking off the job for one day later this month.
About 4,000 registered nurses who work at eight Sutter hospitals will stage the one-day strike Dec. 22, the California Nurses Association announced.
Charles Idelson, a spokesman for the California Nurses Association, said the planned strike would not involve any Sutter medical facilities in the Sacramento region. However, he did not rule out a demonstration at Sutter’s company headquarters in Sacramento.
“We haven’t finalized our plans for that date, but that would clearly be one of the considerations,” he said.
The union said nurses will be striking over a number of issues, including health care coverage, sick leave and patient care concerns.
Sutter said the hospitals are contacting agencies to hire replacement nurses during the strike.