Health workers at Antioch Sutter Delta Medical Center launch 5-day strike – CBS San Francisco
ANTIOCH (CBS SF) – Hundreds of health workers at Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch went on a five-day strike early Monday morning, demanding more staff and better work. conditions.
Union leaders said some 350 workers would attend. Among those gathered outside the hospital was the mayor of Antioch, Lamar Thorpe.
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“All that matters to me is the fact that this hospital serves the residents of Antioch and in particular the most vulnerable in our community,” he said. “Any kind of stalemate that creates strikes, disagreements between management and workers concerns me because it is an important lifeline for our community. “
Sutter’s health officials released a statement Monday morning.
“We are disappointed that union leaders have chosen to distract from patient care by taking this step, especially at a time when we should be forcing ourselves to take care of her community,” the statement said. “The union has proven its contempt for patients and communities by going on strike while refusing to make a good faith effort to reach a deal.”
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But the employees claimed that the officials forced their hand.
“We’re on strike because it’s all about patient safety,” said Tom Black, a striking certified nursing assistant. We are understaffed. We are overwhelmed. It’s just not sure. This is the reason why we are here so early. We want to get the message out so that things go well for us, for the community, for the patients. “
Jennifer Stone, an emergency room technician at Sutter Delta Medical Center, echoed those sentiments in a press release.
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“We are drowning. There just aren’t enough staff, ”said Jennifer Stone, an emergency room technician at Sutter Delta Medical Center, in a statement. “We cannot provide adequate care. We feel that management is ignoring our concerns and leaving us to fend for ourselves. We can no longer do everything.