Pinoy nurses join CA strike over safe staffing and health care costs

BURLINGAME, Calif. – Some of these nurses at Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame, CA began picketing as early as 7 a.m.

They were joined by four other Sutter Health corporation hospitals in northern California and Kaiser Permanente’s Los Angeles medical center.

The demand of the California Nurses Association (CNA): better working conditions to help them care for their patients properly.

“They are not providing us a lot of staff to take care of those critically-ill patients not only in ICU but in the whole hospital especially in the emergency [room],” said Nelson Mercado, RN. “We don’t get breaks. We don’t get our meals. We keep working hard for the patient’s safety but the hospital is not giving the support we want.”

The CNA is also protesting major cuts in health coverage for them and their families.

“For those who live and work here in the peninsula, bay area we trying to keep abreast with the high living expenses on this community and without increase in our salary and paying more for our health care for our families this will have a very bad effect on us,” said Mercado.

However according to Sutter officials, the strike was somewhat unexpected due to the fact there was some progress towards a settlement.

“We were very disappointed that the CNA called a strike,” said Dolores Gomez, Chief Operating Officer at Mills-Peninsula Health Services.

According to Sutter, the hospitals have always been compliant with staffing and fair to its staff.

“In California we have strict nurse-to-patient ratios and we are mandated to meet those nurse-to-patient ratios,” said Gomez. “We bring in extra staff as needed. We bring in break relief, etc. We believe we are giving safe staffing at all times and provide very high quality care for our patients.”

As regard to health care, Sutter believes that their nurses are offered the best prices towards coverage.

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  • kikay Pang0
    1 May 2015 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    If you are unhappy and frustrated about your job … You are free to leave … stop complaining and quit the drama… Mother F(u)ckers ..

  • Fil Am
    3 May 2015 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Just be glad you have a job. Millions of Americans
    Are unemployed
    There are also new nursing college graduates
    That cannot find a job