Survey: Would you cross a picket line when RNs were striking? - page 17

This months survey question: Would you cross a picket line when RNs were striking (at your own hospital or another)? Yes or No? FYI: Here are the results from this survey: Q: Would you... Read More

  1. by   NRSKarenRN
    Thread alert---started in 2000, some posters not active recently.
  2. by   flygirl43
    NO,NO,NO....NOT EVER, EVER, EVER. We are only as strong as our solidarity and our work conditions suck. Stick with the union brotherhood (not that they impress me) But its all we got!
  3. by   flygirl43
    Quote from Sydangle2
    Yes I would; patients imo come first.
    I agree pts are important, idelally should come first, but we are human and have labour rights, whether we can strike or not! When you fracture youe1r pelvis or back, b/c some 500lber fell on you, they wont be rallying for you. Youll be on disability eating craft dinner. Protect your rights first. Your no good to a pt, if your not taken care of
  4. by   flygirl43
    Quote from mattsmom81
    :roll Good for you!! I love hearing stories like this as I believe this is the way to have our voices heard...where they HAVE to listen. Now they are just paying us lip service....administration will not take nursing seriously, IMO, until we're ready to put ourselves on the line like the Victoria nurses did!!

    I hope everyone is following the nurse strikes (and threats of strikes) going on across the world as our sisters and brothers try to better healthcare! When I read the nurse activism BB's and read what these brave nurses go through, I'm so proud of them...and I keep them in my prayers.

    To those who 'can't imagine' nurses striking for better conditions, let me suggest to you that perhaps you've been very, very fortunate to work in a good facility....there are many more BAD facilities around the world, IME, that abuse and exploit nurses...part of the reasons behind why there is a SHORTAGE, and why nurses strike. I hope those anti union, anti strike nurses will consider some research to see what's going on elsewhere outside their little corner...

    Up with nurse activism! :roll
    Here, here Union sister. Lets change the world thru media exposure and solidarity! I support you and yours! Good luck in the fight (just because Im pro labour, doesn;t mean im anti patient.....Im no goood to you unless my needs are taken care of, and I have that basic human labour right....just like ewe!)
  5. by   azhiker96
    I wouldn't cross a line, as a nurse or as a patient. I'd rather allow the natural outcome of the strike whether that is better conditions/pay/benefits for the nurses or closure of the hospital. It's amazing that the hospitals will pay double wages to temps to try to outlast a strike rather than adjust rn/pt ratios to improve safety or increase pay/benefits. Has there ever been a hospital that's gone under due to a strike?

    BTW, I don't work in a union hospital and doubt that I would. I just wouldn't want to try to spoil what others want to do.
  6. by   Iam46yearsold
    Quote from flygirl43
    NO,NO,NO....NOT EVER, EVER, EVER. We are only as strong as our solidarity and our work conditions suck. Stick with the union brotherhood (not that they impress me) But its all we got!

    You sound unhappy with your work life, I am sorry about that. But brotherhood or sisterhood I disagree with the concept of Solidarity. I have been around for a pretty decent amount of time. I have usually found most places to be quite pleasant and also usually quite educational. So unions fail to impress me. They just seem to be a dictatorship of mass mediocrity. I read that thought somewhere and I really liked it. Also I feel that unions sole response to anything primarily is that by increasing wages thus everything is better. Nothing wrong with increased wages but that sentiment just does not seem appropiate to me. I do hope things get better for you.
  7. by   rabbitgirrl
    Quote from flygirl43
    I agree pts are important, idelally should come first, but we are human and have labour rights, whether we can strike or not! When you fracture youe1r pelvis or back, b/c some 500lber fell on you, they wont be rallying for you. Youll be on disability eating craft dinner. Protect your rights first. Your no good to a pt, if your not taken care of
    When nurses strike they ARE protecting patients! The biggest issue today is nurse patient ratios, and nurses are the only safety brake these patients have. Nothing will change until we band together as one and force organizations to deal with our judgement (on behalf of our patients) that conditions are unacceptable. Anyone who would cross lines for money deserves compassion, but does not deserve to be a nurse. They do themselves, other nurses and, most importantly, patients a great disservice, and all out of greed.

    Unions can become bloated and their purpose derailed, they can become "dictatorship of mass mediocrity" but in the beginning of the struggle for fairness and worker's rights (in this case a patient's right to care) unions are essential.

    Also, who has been a nurse for any amount of time and found their working situations to be "pleasant"? No offence, but on what planet?
  8. by   Iam46yearsold
    I love my work enviroment, and I love what nursing and working in hospitals has done for me. I have been around a while.
  9. by   rabbitgirrl
    Quote from Iam46yearsold
    I love my work enviroment, and I love what nursing and working in hospitals has done for me. I have been around a while.
    I see that you have. That is very worthy of respect.

    What I find in hospitals, and to a greater degree in ECFs and Acute-Long-Term-Care is an astonishing disregard for patients and their safety, a great deal of vicious abuse of nurses by nurses, and a culture of abuse toward nurses by management in order to squeeze every penny out of a situation.

    In spite of this, I, too, love nursing and what it has done for me. I love taking care of patients. I love the strength and focus that I have acquired in facing these adverse circumstances.

    I would also love to eat the lunch of the bean counter who thinks that 11 minutes of orientation is enough, and that primary care of 4 vented patients and a quad is a good ratio. For me, this sort of assignment is not pleasant.
  10. by   diane227
    Yes, I would cross the line to take care of patients. All my union does for me is take my money in the form of dues. This year I got a raise and every bit of it went to increased dues. The union means nothing to me.
  11. by   GadgetRN71
    No, I would not cross a picket line in a strike. The hospitals cry about unions but fail to realize that they brought the unions into the hospitals by failing to treat nurses and other workers like human beings. I expect fair treatment and compensation. I'm not a martyr, an "angel" or a saint, and I don't work for free.
  12. by   matilda123
    absolutely NOT.
  13. by   keithjones
    Here locally there was a nursing strike when I was a kid. It lasted 2 years before the last few nurses put down their signs and got new jobs. When you accept a job you accept the terms of the job... if you want more ask for it, if you don't get it go elsewhere. I never liked extortion as a bargaining tactic. so yes, I would walk on by

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