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  SEIU Local 250 bargainer John Borsos observing that Sutter Roseville's lock-out has united Union members like never before. The vague sense that your employer doesn't value it's employees comes into sharp focus when employees are locked out.

  Sutter Roseville employees walking back from the hospital entrance.

  The walk back from Sutter Roseville Hospital. An inspiring procession, from start to finish!


Three Local 250 vigilers--- me (MGH, Radiology), Marta Grover (SR Radiology) and Melissa, (SR monitor tech) reacting to a favorable response to the vigil by passers-by. Melissa is smiling now, but earlier she was leading us in song at the SR hospital entrance.

Why am I, a Mercy Hospital employee, at this Sutter employee vigil? Sutter and Mercy are rival hospital corporations in Sacramento and we at Mercy have tended to view Sutter as a competitor. However, now that I am part of a Union, I find that I identify more with fellow healthcare workers (whoever they work for) than I do with the owning corporations. Also, from a practical standpoint, we lift each other up--Kaiser was the industry leader in terms of employee wages and benefits, and we at MHS used Kaiser as a model and were lifted up with the contract we got based on them. Now Sutter Roseville Local 250 members can rightly insist that they be compensated according to this lifted industry standard.


It's a very short traffic signal at East Roseville Parkway,but these two look confident that they will make it to the other side of the street. (They did.).

The lock-out ends on Tuesday, November 19th, when employees will be allowed back to work. It would be a good time for Sutter Roseville to realize that its quality of care is largely determined by the quality of its staff. How to recruit and retain good healthcare workers? Support them with competitive wages and working conditions!


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