Sept. 22nd marked a monumental day of outcry for social justice directed at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, a subsidiary of Sutter Health. as it faced not only the Sunnyvale PAMF EIR Appeal Court Hearing, but also dealt with the largest labor action in years as over 20,000 registered nurses went on strike.
Sutter Nurses Strike Sept 22, 2011 Credit Courtesy Community Commons
Nurse Morgan stated “Sutter’s focus is on money,” she said. “The nurses’ focus is on patients. Even though Sutter says they are in the business for patients, their actions speak louder than words.”
The president of the largest labor federation in the nation joined striking nurses on a Berkeley picket line. He criticized corporate hospital leaders for what union members say are 200 proposed cutbacks by Sutter Health in employee benefits and patient services.
From the Sunnyvale PAMF perspective, I agree. In my opinion, placing two intense parking garage vents emitting toxic air contaminants known to cause cancer within a few feet of elderly residential homes spoke of insensitivity and a lack of residential and elder respect.
Click Here for the Oakland Tribune “Nurses at Nearly Three Dozen Hospitals in California Hospitals Strike” By Kristin J. Bender 09/22/11