Striking nurses blocked replacements from patients

Police were called out to the Sutter Delta Medical Center nurses' picket line Wednesday night after a bus with replacement nurses was not allowed to enter the parking lot, police said.

Police received a call at 7:50 p.m. that someone in a group of 30 strikers had shined a spotlight in a bus driver's eye as the vehicle tried to enter the facility, 3901 Lone Tree Way. An officer arrived to find a bus full of replacement nurses surrounded by picketing nurses, Antioch police Lt. Pat Welch said.

"They moved immediately when they were told to do so," Welch said.

The officer remained on scene for an undetermined amount of time to monitor the picket line, Welch said. Earlier in the day, police responded briefly after an anonymous motorist called dispatchers saying the striking nurses were causing a traffic hazard, he said.

Hundreds of nurses picketed in front of 15 Northern California hospitals Wednesday, starting a two-day strike lasting through Friday morning.


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