EDITOR: Bravo to The Press Democrat for endorsing Proposition 30 ("Don't punish schools more: Yes on 30," Friday). It's the only measure that will prevent more deep cuts to education. We need to stop the cuts. Yes on Proposition 30.
EDITOR: I have been a critical care nurse at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for more than 27 years. In that time I have seen countless administrations come and go, each with its own agenda. Never have I felt so threatened as I do now. This strike is not about double-digit raises as Terry Salnas ("A balancing act," Close to Home, Thursday) would have you, the public, believe. It is not just about financial take-aways either.
The truly salient issue is that the hospital would like us to relinquish our rights to bargain over wages, hours and working conditions by removing these provisions from the contract. I've been out pounding the pavement not because I want a wage increase. I'm out here because many of these provisions provide safe staffing and do not allow the hospital to impose cuts that jeopardize your care.
I love my profession and my patients, and I can remember a time when nursing had minimal safeguards and working conditions were abysmal. Because of my contract and the Staff Nurses Association, we have held the hospital to a higher standard and have been able to provide the best of care to our patients and the community.