vows to tap replacements during possible strike
zane told the herald she's contacted out-of-state nurses and is prepared to spend up to $4 million hiring at least 200 to keep tufts open during what she's classifying as a "very, very likely" work stoppage over a dispute about how many patients each nurse serves. the union wants a limit of four per shift-a demand zane said could cost another $33 million a year ...
... "i will never, ever agree to a nurse-staffing ratio," said zane, who has run the once-nearly bankrupt chinatown medical center for seven years and will retire sept. 30. "and i won't put this hospital in a position of financial harm, so some union can get more members."
zane's saber-rattling comes after months of negotiation between tufts administrators and nurses' representatives, who said changes in the way the hospital provides care has led to overburdened nurses and lower-quality care.
"administrators are turning hospitals into factories, and making nurses work like lucille ball on the factory line," schildmeier said. "instead of chocolates going by, these are human beings."...