With National Nurses Week comes hospital strikes
National Nurses Week has brought votes to approve nurse strikes at East Bay, Calif.-based Sutter Health hospitals and also at University of California's medical centers and health centers. Nearly 13,000 University of California Patient Care Technical Workers voted to authorize a strike with 97 percent support, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 3299 announced Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Sutter Health strike over wages, benefits and patient care issues marks the ninth strike against Sutter-affiliated hospitals in the East Bay since September 2011, the Contra Costa Times reported. The California Nurses Association-National Nurses United said the Sutter strike will begin May 17 and end May 24, but could go longer.