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Redding health care workers picket outside Mercy Medical Center

Hospital workers were outside Mercy Medical Center Wednesday demanding better staffing.

Posted: May 27, 2021 8:35 AM

REDDING, Calif. - Health Care workers in Shasta County stood outside a Redding hospital demanding for change.

As people were outside the hospital, cars drove by honking in support of dozens of healthcare workers demanding better staffing outside Mercy Medical Center in Redding Wednesday.

Christine Sutter, a registered nurse with the hospital, explained the issues they're dealing with.

“Management is proposing to float us,” Sutter said. “I said I've been here for 34 years, but it's on a labor and delivery unit. So if you floated me to a med surge unit or a tele-unit, I don't have the skills, I don't have the competencies to care for a patient on a different unit. We need good quality nurses and to do that, we need to be in the right place. “

The California nurses association and the hospital said what happened Wednesday was not a protest, it was an information picket.

Mercy Medical Center released the following statement to Action News Now:

Mercy Medical Center Redding has been engaged in good-faith negotiations with the California Nurses Association for several weeks regarding the renewal of the nurses' contract, which expires on June 30th, 2021. We are committed to reaching a fair agreement that recognizes the important work that our nurses provide, and also ensures our Ministry can continue to provide vital healthcare services to the Redding community. We look forward to continued dialogue with the union in the coming weeks.

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