ctnjason you are correct in that both sides in a negotiation have various courses of action they can choose ,however when a strike is called ( after those who will be going on strike have voted for it ) then there are 10 days in which to ensure any patients at the effected facility are adequately cared for.
The problem of the "abandoned" patient comes about because of managements choice to keep their facility open while their regular staff are unavailable , BOTH sides will portray the other in as poor a light as they can .
Why does management keep its facility open , while there is a strike there ? , because if they closed it would make the strike appear effective and reduce their income .
Why do strikers have a negative opinion of strike breakers , because it makes the strike less effective and reduces pressure upon the employer to negotiate .
As I said earlier , if you have to leave the area in which you live to strike break in order to gain an adequate income , why don't you work to get better pay and conditions at home rather than come here to help employers
in there race to the bottom of the pay scales .
I believe the golden years of this country were when the great generation came home from WW2 , they were educated due to the GI bill , used the vote in their economic interest ( not more concerned abou what is happening in somebody elses bedroom ) , bargained collectively for better pay and conditions through these actions a prosperous , vibrant middle class created a country in which all benefitted from the wealth created. Now the middle class is shrinking and we have a race to the bottom because all those things that created the middle class have been either taken away from us or we simply gave them up ourselves .