FYI, here's the posting on the web site of U.S. Nursing Corp., which supplies replacement workers, including RNs, to employers during strikes, that is now seeking replacement RNs for the ongoing strike in NJ at the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. Yes, the workers have a legal right to work and they have families to feed, but with the supposed nursing shortage, why must they benefit to the tune of $60/hr plus travel, housing AND bonuses, all while undermining the progress of RNs to earn greater respect and pay in the workplace, which can lead to better nurse-patient ratios and improved patient care. I think it's unforgivable what they're doing....
Sep 8, '06
Not only that, but you wonder what the working conditions are like to begin with at the facility. If the staff felt the need to unionize in the first place, they were probably not so good. They can't be getting any better with this other stuff going on. The nurses coming in to a bad situation should be getting premium wages. If the hospital is too cheap to pay their own employees a premium wage, what are these people suppossed to do? Volunteer and work for free? Have you signed up to work out of the goodness of your heart? At the end of the day I know who has my back, it's me. Not other nurses, not management and not union reps. Sure they all like to blow smoke up certain orifices about what all they do for me, but we all know that's simply not true.
Last edit by NurseyBaby'05 on Sep 8, '06
Sep 8, '06
Nurses don't choose to go on strike. I know, I have been there. We are forced to fight for what is fair by a group of greedy business executives who couldn't care less about the patients who are caught in the middle. Unions have to give a 10 day strike notice and the purpose of that is so that the hospital can make decisions regarding closing units, cancelling surgeries, etc. When hospitals choose to continue with business as usual, blame the executives making those decisions. I would never allow anyone I care about to be in a health facility that is on strike. My uncle was a patient in my hospital around the time we went on strike. When we gave our 10 day notice I met with his doctors and said you either fix him before the date of the deadline or transfer him to another hospital and I made the arrangments for him to go to that other hospital. Had a doc lined up, etc. I think the point of the original post is the usual saga of how nurses don't stick together. Here we have a strong group of nurses at RWJ tired of getting worse healthcare choices that charity care patients in NJ and there is another subgroup of our profession willing to undermine their efforts because they are going for the big bucks. If every nurse said no to crossing picket lines this wouldn't be an issue. If hospitals knew agencies like US Nursing Corp did not exist they would have no choice but to bargain in good faith. No one on a picket line enjoys it or takes it lightly. It is heatrt breaking. But if we cave to these business executives who are only looking at the bottom line how much worse will patient care conditions continue to become when these executives know there will always be someone willing to cross that line???
Last edit by fedupnurse on Sep 9, '06