Nurses to Strike at Area Hospitals

10 hospitals could be affected.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012  |  Updated 6:50 AM PDT
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Bay Area Nurses Go on Strike

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Nurses at 10 Northern California hospitals are set to walk off their jobs as part of a one-day strike.

The California Nurses Association says thousands of nurses will participate in Tuesday's strike against Sutter Health. It is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m and would coincide with Occupy and other planned May Day demonstrations.

The nurses are protesting changes in paid sick leave and health care premiums proposed by Sutter as part of contract talks.

Tuesday's strike would be the third by Sutter nurses since September.

The affected hospitals include Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley and Oakland and Mills-Peninsula Health Services hospitals in Burlingame and San Mateo. Sutter plans to use replacement nurses. The hospitals will remain open although elective procedures could be rescheduled.

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