By Jennifer Grimes
Triplicate staff writer
Nurses of Sutter Coast Hospital picketed their workplace yesterday to bring issues of faltering contract negotiations into the public eye.
Its basically to let the community know whats going on in the hospital and with the nurses, said Carin Franklin, a representative of the nurses union Operating Engineers Local 3.
In recent history, no unionization has occurred with Sutter Coast Hospitals nurses, according to both the hospitals CEO John Menaugh and Franklin.
As a result of local nurses now joining Operating Engineers, the contract being negotiated with the hospital has to be built from scratch, said Menaugh.
So far it has taken nine months to build that contract. Menaugh said it is not unusual for negotiations to take more than a year.
One main glitch in the talks is the demand for a union shop, which requires the hospital to employ only nurses belonging to the union.
The nurses there all want to be in the union, and to protect their interests, its best if all of them are, Franklin said.
Sutter Coast Hospital would rather leave their employees a choice, however, according to Menaugh.
During the picketing, Menaugh said there was no disruption to the hospitals operations. The nurses stayed outside on the sidewalk to conduct their protests.