Has Anyone Worked A Strike?

  1. Just wondering what it is like. Anybody have anything to say about the specific companies?
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  3. by   sunnygirl272
    have not done it.
    won't do it...
    not only out of sisterhood..but if they are on strike...there's a reason...
  4. by   tiger
    Originally posted by sunnygirl272
    have not done it.
    won't do it...
    not only out of sisterhood..but if they are on strike...there's a reason...
    ditto!
  5. by   cactus wren
    Ditto.ditto
  6. by   Hardknox
    Have nothing good to say about strike breakers (scabs) or the companies that employ them.
  7. by   DeeB
    I have to say I don't like the idea of health care professionals or emergency personnel going on strike and would probably never do it though we used to talk about all the time. It was just *****ing and everyone knew we would never do it, but it would be nice if we had a trump card of some kind to facilitate collective bargaining.
  8. by   RNonsense
    I have and it sucks big time. We have essential services in place here so we all take turns on the picket lines...then going in at minimal staff. Not something I ever want to do again, although it was kinda fun watching management hand out food trays and all wearing high heels...
  9. by   lpnga
    yes. my mother in law checked into a travel company that had a hosptial on strike in California and they paid $5000 a month but you had to work 12 hour shifts almost everyday you only had one day off a week
  10. by   plumrn
    Had a co-worker that also worked a strike in CA. She made tons of money in a very short time. She really earned her money. She said they worked very short, sometimes in areas they were not familiar with. The 'scabs' all came to the hospital in a bus, and had to go thru. the strikers. They got an earful, and she said sometimes felt very threatened. She said she was in a very big financial bind at the time, and made enough money in just a few short weeks to get out of debt.
    I could never do it. Everytime I work a harrowing shift, I think how much it might help to go on strike and get things changed. It would infuriate me to think that another nurse would take advantage of such an important event.
  11. by   hogan4736
    There seems to be a bit of hypocricy in this debate...Nurses say their daily work actions revolve around the patients, and are for the patients. Yet they are willing to strike, and put said patients in jeopardy by subjecting them to substandard care (e.g. administrators 10-20 years away from the bedside)

    If you want to strike, I'm all for it...If you want to cross the lines to make a quick buck, I'm for that too...We all have our reasons for doing things, and if you cross the line w/ the belief that you'll prevent potential harmful care, and make a buck to boot, then hooray for you...You do what's best for you and your family...Let's face it. We as nurses want more money per hour because we are underpaid (most will agree w/ that), and that's supposed to be about the patient???

    I'm just trying to keep it real...to each their own, as long as the patient is cared for...

    Come on, if you go on strike, who will care for the patient...No one ever answers that question...We're quick to jump on someone for crossing picket lines (for financial reasons, please, let's face it!), but no one has an immediate solution during the strike (for the patients' benefit)...do we want admin doing this???

    sean
    Last edit by hogan4736 on Feb 27, '03
  12. by   tiger
    Originally posted by hogan4736
    There seems to be a bit of hypocricy in this debate...Nurses say their daily work actions revolve around the patients, and are for the patients. Yet they are willing to strike, and put said patients in jeopardy by subjecting them to substandard care (e.g. administrators 10-20 years away from the bedside)

    If you want to strike, I'm all for it...If you want to cross the lines to make a quick buck, I'm for that too...We all have our reasons for doing things, and if you cross the line w/ the belief that you'll prevent potential harmful care, and make a buck to boot, then hooray for you...You do what's best for you and your family...Let's face it. We as nurses want more money per hour because we are underpaid (most will agree w/ that), and that's supposed to be about the patient???

    I'm just trying to keep it real...to each their own, as long as the patient is cared for...
    i think the main reason nurses strike is because their patients are already in danger, due to insufficient staff, non-nursing duties being forced upon them, etc,,,,,,! yes, they may get substandard care during the strike, but if the outcome is positive with the nurses cause, all end up winning. sometimes you have to do things you don't want to effect a change.
  13. by   hogan4736
    tiger,

    good answer, but tell that:

    "yes, they may get substandard care during the strike, but if the outcome is positive with the nurses cause, all end up winning."

    to a family member of someone who may have (God forbid) died because of substandard care during the important strike to get $3 more per hour...
    And if you, or your family member get "substandard care," during the strike, is it still okay????????


    Look, strikes have merit, but NOBODY has a solution for who takes care of the patient during the strike...IT HAS TO BE AN RN/LPN...SOMEONE HAS TO DO IT...

    quit condemning people for trying to earn a buck to better feed and clothe their families...

    I'm sure I'll get a lot of negative feedback, so my challenge is this:

    If you disagree w/ crossing the picket line, and want to "contra-post" me, give us a solution for SAFE patient care, during the strike, and pretend the patient is you or a loved one...

    still waiting...

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    strikes don't end by shift change people...do you have a better idea???

    how about, just before the strike, transfer all 350+ patients out to a non striking hospital.
    Last edit by hogan4736 on Feb 27, '03
  14. by   tiger
    i am not the best person to give an answer here (since we have a no strike clause in our union contract) but like i said---it is not always about the money!!!!!! if the problem has to do with safe staffing then the patients are suffering anyway. and, in general, i believe the suits are notified of an impending strike, which puts the ball in their corner, to transfer pts out, or agree to demands, or pay outrageous costs to cover and teach those unruly nurses a lesson. to break it down to you, i feel(imho) that administration is the one to be questioned. and i don't recall condemning scabs-as they are called- but i do think they undermine the reason for a strike.

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