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Nurses at Eden Medical Center, 7 other hospitals to stage one-day strike today

Original post made on Dec 22, 2011

About 4,000 registered nurses plan to stage a one-day strike at Edens Medical Center in Castro Valley and seven other Bay Area hospitals today to protest concessions that Sutter Health management is seeking.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, December 22, 2011, 6:57 AM

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Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on Dec 22, 2011 at 8:33 am

"....nurses are highly-paid, earning an average of $136,000 per year and getting a pension plan worth $84,000 per year for life once they reach age 65 with at least 22 years of experience.
Nurses at Alta Bates Summit campuses have received a 22% salary increase over the last three years...."

Wow, must be nice. And yet, the union wants more. Greed rules and the patients suffer.


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Posted by GX
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 22, 2011 at 8:58 am

Hypocrisy and greed ...

They want the benefits of ever inflating cost of medical services but aren't willing to contribute their portion via higher premiums/co-pays.

Instead they want to screw their neighbors and lower their standards of living to maintain their ever increasing demands.

I'd love to hear the perspectives on this from defenders of unions (remember they are defenders of the middleclass). Help me understand why this isn't just screwing over the middleclass.


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Val Vista
on Dec 22, 2011 at 9:14 am

The Nurse's union leaseship has national objectives and has formed another union called National Nurses United.these strikes are publicity for them. Yet they say they strike for patients. with Nurses at $136,000 a year with $84,000 pension no wonder healthcare costs are so high.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Patient's at Alta Bates are NOT suffering because nurses went on strike. What's so bad about wanting to earn the money they are paid? I've never known people who don't want more money.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Dec 22, 2011 at 1:17 pm

While the union drones are picketing, they are not doing the job they were trained and paid to do. It's the one thing they always drag out to get sympathy when it's convenient........oh, we're concerned for our patients....like hell. If they were so concerned they'd be caring for their patients instead of hollering and marching in berserkely. Let the highly paid union scum lawyers negotiate while the care for patients goes on.........I hope the hospital has a way to bust the union because these people over way overcompensated.....for life.


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Posted by GX
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Come on Cholo, even you have got to acknowledge the hypocrisy of a bunch of nurses

- who want to make more money
- which will drive up the cost of healthcare for others and themselves
- and yet be upset when they are asked to pay more for their own healthcare costs

HYPOCRISY per and simple.


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Posted by B. J.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Unions continue to wreck this country. They have systematically destrotyed the shipping, railroads, steel and auto industries. They have vastly inflated costs to consumers in healthcare, retail, transportation and construction. They are bankrupting government at all levels with the outrageous compensation and retirement plans of government workers. Are voters ever going to wise up and quit voting for left-wing loon politicians that are in bed with the unions?


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I don't believe that the pts. at Alta Bates are suffering because of a one day nurses strike.


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Posted by GX
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 23, 2011 at 7:29 am

Cholo - I find it interesting that you continue to avoid the hypocrisy point. I would be interested to hear your perspectives on this given your previous supportive comments of similar efforts.

Please help us understand why the nurses' moves are not hypocritical.

Why should their own healthcare costs increase given it is their demands that are partially increasing healthcare costs for all?


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Posted by GX
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 23, 2011 at 8:11 am

I guess these nurses are getting their inspiration from Carnegie Hall union stagehands:

Web Link

If a stagehand can make $530K/year, then the average nurse pay of $136K must be chump change.

For all you union supporters out there, can you show me one recent example where unions actually strengthened their host organization and made them more competitive on the global stage? GM? - hope, Chrysler? - nope. Boeing? - nope. AT&T? - nope. Sea ports? - nope.

Why do you think reason why companies are looking to move more of their goods through Mexico? Maybe it is because the cost of our ports are so high driven partly by crane operators who work 4 hourse/day, 3-4 days/week and who pull down upwards of $250K/year?


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Posted by Blackmail is criminal
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 23, 2011 at 8:21 am

I have nothing but contempt for blackmailers. As if lying about reasons isn't bad enough....it's all about greed.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 23, 2011 at 10:42 am

The striking nurses are American citizens and they have rights. A strike is simply one way of exercising their rights as citizens.

Was the 1 day strike Illegal?


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Posted by GX
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 23, 2011 at 11:22 am

Yes, they may have the right but is it common sense to protest such a hypocritical point?

It is amazing how out-of-touch union leadership is these days.

The good news is that the majority of nurses realized what they were being asked to do was wrong and so avoided the embarrasing PR stunt.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

The striking nurses did not violate the law. In-patients received the proper medical care.

It's not the first time and it won't be the last time Americans "protest such a hypocritical point".

Thousands upon thousands of Americans have lost their lives defending the right to
Free Speech. It makes sense for all Americans to practice their rights.

Millions of people all over the world admire our right to Free Speech. Even when it appears petty to others.

occupy...


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Posted by Blackmail is criminal
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 23, 2011 at 11:23 pm

a legal constitutional right is borderline. Frankly, I am getting really sick of all this 'in-your-face crap ! ! All the unions greed (when majority have lost either jobs, houses, or both) plus the ignorant or spoiled occupiers is just way too many, way too often. the RestofUs may soon take it to the streets to be left alone. MYOB


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 23, 2011 at 11:54 pm

lets do your best to respect the US Constitution.....


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