Nurses at Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo walked off their jobs Tuesday morning along with thousands of their colleagues throughout Northern California to protest budget cuts they claim endanger patient care.
Striking nurses plan a rally Tuesday in Vallejo at 11 a.m. outside the hospital at 300 Hospital Drive, just off Tuolomne Street in north Vallejo.
Hospital officials said the strike would not disrupt care at any Sutter facilities, according to the Vallejo Times-Herald newspaper.
Leaders of the California Nurses Association, which represents the nurses, said they expected to be locked out of the hospital for several days after the walkout.
Radiology and respiratory technicians also will join the one-day strike, the newspaper said.
The unionized workers also walked off their jobs at Alta Bates hospitals in Berkeley and Oakland, at Sutter Delta in Antioch, Mills-Peninsula in Burlingame, Novato Community Hospital, Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, San Leandro Hospital, and Sutter Lakeside in Lakeport.
Sutter officials were notified of the walkout on Friday, the newspaper said.
"Registered nurses are on strike today at eight hospitals that are part of the wealthy Sutter corporate chain to protest Wall Street-type demands for more than 100 sweeping reductions in patient care and nurses’ standards and workplace conditions," CNA officials said in a prepared statement.