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Sutter Coast, Crescent City RNs Say ‘Union Yes’ - Landslide Vote By 85% To Join California Nurses Association

Published Tuesday, February 2, 2021
by California Nurses Association
Sutter Coast, Crescent City RNs Say ‘Union Yes’ - Landslide Vote By 85% To Join California Nurses Association

(CRESENT CITY, CALIFORNIA) - In a landslide vote, Registered Nurses (RNs) at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City are bringing Union Representation to the state’s Northwest Coast after voting by 85% to join the California Nurses Association (CNA).

“We are thrilled to be joining our (8,000) Sutter RN colleagues to bring a unified voice for advocating for safe patient care for our patients here in Crescent City, as well as throughout the Sutter system, which is even more critical in the midst of this deadly pandemic,” Sutter Coast RN Niki Pope said.

In a Mail Ballot Election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the RNs voted 70 to 12 for the Union, an 85% victory margin.

CNA, an affiliate of National Nurses United (NNU), will represent about 100 RNs at the facility.

The victory follows months of organizing among the Nurses seeking to ensure safer staffing and a collective voice in patient care conditions, as well as other strong health and safety protections for Nurses and patients - including workplace violence protections and proper infectious disease controls.

“As Nurses, having proper staffing for RNs and support Staff, better training and education, and high standards of care and safety are our priorities.  With CNA, we can make sure that decisions are based on what’s best for our patients, not the bottom line,” Sutter Coast RN Brea Buchanan said.

Like other areas of the state, California’s North Coast has experienced an increasingly serious surge in the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Nurses say Sutter Coast is not dedicating the resources to make sure that there are enough negative pressure rooms or that they are working properly.

Inadequate staffing has also been a growing problem due to an inability of the hospital to retain experienced RNs and some Nurses on medical leave due to workplace violence incidents.

“As a Union, we can push for safer policies and accountability around workplace violence to better protect our staff and community,” RN Anna Holmes said. “Our collective strength means we can enforce California’s Workplace Violence Prevention Regulations, which CNA helped pass in 2017, and increase staffing, training, and education for all Staff.” 

Sutter Coast was one of the last remaining Non-Union facilities in the large Sutter Health system and serves patients from both Northern California and bordering Southern Oregon.

CNA, the largest RN Union in California, now represents RNs at 15 Sutter Hospitals.

The Sutter Coast win follows a vote just two weeks ago by RNs at Sutter Center for Psychiatry Hospital in Sacramento who voted by a similar margin to join CNA.

Including the 8,000 Sutter RNs, CNA represents 100,000 RNs and other Health Care Workers in California alone, among the 170,000 Members of NNU.

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