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CNA Bias Claims Against Sutter Health: Discrimination or Desperation?

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 30, 2010

The fact is, with the ongoing economic doldrums, Peterson said, "nobody is bringing nurses in. The whole recruiting of foreign-educated nurses is bolloxed up because of the economy and also because of the availability of visas."

As jurors in the court of public opinion, here is where we stand: CNA wants us to believe that two major hospitals in one of the most liberal, ethnically diverse, and politically correct cities in the United States are engaged in "systematic discrimination" against an ethnic minority because a subset of workers from that group allegedly criticized the hospital.

CPMC wants us to believe that the accusations are a red herring designed to distract rank-and-file members from the union leadership's failure in contract talks. One side is fabricating. Who sounds more believable?

If the CNA's accusations are shown to be true, they will raise serious questions about the judgment and fitness of the executive leadership at CPMC. If the accusations are shown to be false, they will raise serious questions about the judgment and fitness of the executive leadership at CNA.

Either way, heads should roll.


John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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