I have repeatedly asked NYSNA to state their policies/procedures re: ethical behavior during strikes. As professionals, we need to publicly denounce violence, vandalism, and a commitment to respecting others' civil rights while preserving our own.
In Philadelphia in the early 90's I witnessed doctors physically assaulted, lab specimens/equipment/patient files destroyed, families blocked from visiting. A patient died without saying good-bye to his children. This was 1199 in Philadelphia, and the police and the RN's backed them up.
This is not only unprofessional, but savage and inhuman. While unions are necessary, the oppressed have become the oppressors.
Justify this, union people. Someone give me an answer, because my union won't even send me a policy statement. They won't even answer my e-mails.
Violence, vandalism, and violation of civil rights during strikes must be stopped. We are Nurses. We have a right to fight for our rights WITHIN THE LIMITS OF LAW AND DECENCY.