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Nurses At Bay Area Sutter Hospitals Staging Strike On Tuesday

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Nurses prepare pickets during a previous strike action. (CBS)

Nurses prepare pickets during a previous strike action. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — Nurses who work at seven Bay Area hospitals operated by Sutter Health are set to walk off the job Tuesday morning as part of a one-day strike.

A spokesman for the California Nurses Association said the strike, set for 7 a.m., will affect 3,500 registered nurses and several hundred respiratory and X-ray technicians at Sutter facilities in Alameda and San Mateo counties.

The walkout is the fifth strike organized by the union since September, including a strike last month at 10 Sutter Health hospitals and Petaluma Valley Hospital.

Tuesday’s strike comes as union officials and Sutter management continue to clash over sick leave, health care payments, staffing levels and other issues.

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