Standing Up to Sutter

We are hospice, homecare and mental health workers committed to making Sutter bargain a fair contract that will boost staffing levels so we can better care for our patients.

Workers to strike Sutter psychiatric hospital in Sacramento

Workers will strike the Sutter Center for Psychiatry on Wednesday, December 6, demanding a fair contract that improves wages and addresses unsafe staffing levels and worsening conditions for patients.

Profits and Penalties

In recent years Sutter has agreed to pay nearly $700 million in fines, yet it still reported a combined $477 million operating profit in 2021 and 2022.

  • October 2022: Sutter Health agreed to pay $13 million to settle False Claim Act allegations of improper billing for lab tests.
  • August 2021, Sutter Health reached a $575 million settlement to resolve allegations by the California Attorney General's Office over the company's anticompetitive practices that led to higher healthcare costs for consumers in Northern California.
  • August 2021, Sutter Health and several affiliated entities agreed to pay $90 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by mischarging the Medicare Advantage Program.
  • In 2021, Sutter reported a $199 million operating profit.
  • In 2022, Sutter reported a $278 million operating profit and $6.8 billion cash on hand.

Fighting for Patient-focused Care

"A supervisor once scolded me for my 'lack of productivity' after I held up the phone so family members who lived on the East Coast could say their goodbyes to their dying matriarch."

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Chaplain, Sacramento Hospice

Low pay equals less patient care

"In more than four years at Sutter, I've received wages totaling only 5 percent despite soaring inflation. That's a recipe for caregivers leaving and patients not getting the care they need."

Registered Nurse, SCAH San Francisco

Understaffing delays care

"When we become shortstaffed, we are dispersed to other hospitals, and patients don't get seen right away, and they're not discharged."

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Sutter Center for Psychiatry

Our Story

Sutter Health provides more than just hospital care. But its home care, hospice care and psychiatric services are under-resourced and under-staffed.

We've seen our patients not get the care they need, so we formed a union to fight back.

Since 2021, more than 400 Sutter Care at Home workers throughout Northern California and 150 workers at the Sutter Center for Psychiatry in Sacramento have joined the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

Sutter tried to stop us from unionizing. Now it's refusing to bargain in good faith. But we won't give up until we win contracts that treat us fairly and ensure we can meet the needs of the people we serve.

Support Caregivers at Sutter Health

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