Minnesota Strike Update: 3:00 5/30/01 http://www.MNnurses.org
Talks End. Stage Set for Nation's Largest Nursing Strike.
Negotiations between nurses and hospitals concluded Friday evening when Federal Mediators advised both negotiating teams that a settlement was unlikely to be achieved. The two sides are still far apart on issues of staffing, scheduling and economics.
Hospitals presented an offer that upped the wage proposal a meager 1.1% for a few nurses and 0% for a bulk of the nurses. The proposal also inadequately addressed insurance caps and continued to ignore longevity bonuses that would reward loyal, long-term employees.
In addition, they proposed the introduction of a "blue ribbon panel" to study the nursing shortage. It is difficult enough to understand why a concept of this nature was brought to negotiations regarding workplace issues, but it is even more perplexing in light of the abundance of existing research already available about the issue.
The finest minds in the country have published extensive research findings and recommendations, including The Institute of Medicine, The Joint Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations, the American Hospital Association's own sub-group, the American Organization of Nursing Executives, and the American Nurses Association. MNA itself has helped Senators Wellstone and Dayton conduct hearings across the state on the nursing crisis.
Nurses are demanding action, not more research. And viable actions are already at hand, with successful examples of the American Nurses Association Magnet Hospital program that directly correlates nurse-sensitive indicators, such as staffing levels and input into workload, with positive patient outcomes.
The result is, as of June 1, 7,800 nurses will withold their services in a work stoppage starting at 5:30am.
Nurses are emphatically unified in their determination to stand up and speak out for safe patient care. Nurses have demanded bold changes in their contracts, and proposals advanced by the hospitals remain far from adequate.
Meanwhile, community support continues to pour in to the MNA offices from individuals and organizations in the form of memos, voices mails and pledges of donations.
If you would like to contribute to a strike fund to help nurses who may be walking the picket lines, please plan to do so after the May 31st deadline. Make your check payable to MNA Strike Fund and send Attn: John Lose, 1625 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul, MN 55108.
If you want to email words of support to us, send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohio Strike News
Residential Picketing - Gather at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30 at Strike Headquarters. We will caravan to the chosen residence.
Action Committee meetings - every Thursday, 4 p.m., strike headquarters. All are invited.
PRESS RELEASE - Thursday, May 24, 2001
After 8 hours of negotiations today with Forum Health and the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association (YGDNA), talks broke off. YGDNA offered new solutions and major concessions to address the mandatory overtime issues, all of which were rejected by the hospital. We are extremely disappointed that an agreement could not be reached. No new meetings have been scheduled at this time. YGDNA remains committed to resolving this strike on behalf of the citizens of the Mahoning Valley and the 766 Registered Nurses on strike.
Special thank you for the support from ONA members at the Cincinnati RN Association and Lima Memorial Hospital.
The picket line is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- 2 hours shifts.
- Each shift begins on the even hour.
Job opportunities are posted at the Strike Headquarters.
Medical Care Employee Federal Credit Union
630 Gypsy Lane, Suite 1
Youngstown, Ohio 44505
Next door to Northside Hospital
Phone: 330-746-6344 or 330-716-2196
Office open 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., 7 days a week
Dear YGDNA Nurses:
I wanted to e-mail your courageous nurses in Youngstown to thank them wholeheartedly for their letters of support as we also embark on our strike against Brockton Hospital in Brockton, MA. Seeing our concerns echoed throughout this great land has strengthened us beyond our wildest dreams, we thank you all and will forever fight for our patients rights to safe and quality health care ... we are with you in spirit ... God bless and keep you on the path to victory.
Julie Connors, RN, ER
Letter to the administration:
Mr. Jon Steen
500 Gypsy Lane
Youngstown, Ohio 44505
Dear Mr. Steen:
On behalf of the greater Youngstown labor community, I would like to encourage you to redouble your efforts to settle the Nurses Association contract at Northside Medical Center. It is in the best interests of your patients, the medical center, the community and all nursing professionals involved in this dispute to come to terms agreeable to both parties. This can only be done at the bargaining table, and we urge you to keep working for a solution.
We would also like to mention that bringing in replacement workers does not lead to a harmonious bargaining atmosphere. Although patient care is of paramount importance, there also ought to be a way to reach resolution without endangering the good will and welfare of the loyal employees.
If Greater Youngstown AFL-CIO Council can be of any assistance at all, please contact me. We are very interested in how these negotiations proceed and in their outcome.
Larry Fauver, President
Greater Youngstown AFL-CIO Council
Letters to the nurses association:
Ms. Bonnie Lambert
District Three President
Ohio Nurses Association
5669 Mahining Ave.
Youngstown, Ohio 44515
Dear Ms. Lambert:
I was sorry to hear that the Western Reserve Care System/Forum Health administration failed to negotiate a fair contract with the nurses in that facility. I am proud to hear that the nurses are standing up for such a vitally important issues as health and safety, mandatory (forced) overtime, and patient care, as well as issues such as wages and pensions that ensure high quality professionals continue to be attracted to nursing.
The leadership that these committed ONA nurses are providing is inspirational in our nationwide effort to create comprehensive contracts that provide quality workplace for our nurses as well as a safe and strong helathcare facility for our patients.
Keep up the incredible work, and best wishes on a successful resolution to the contract.
Camille Soleil, JD
Director of Labor Relations
Kentucky Nurses Association
On behalf of the Illinois Nurses Association, I want to extend our support of YGDNA in your efforts to assure safe staffing for the citizens of Youngstown and Mahoning County.
Many of our members know the sacrifice that your members are making. We wish you a speedy and successful resolution.
Carol A. Jenkins, MS, RN, CAE
Interim Executive Director
Illinois Nurses Association
Dear YGDNA Nurses:
I found your site by emailing the AFL-CIO. My wife works at a hospital where a lot of travelers were working. As of Sunday, April 29, 2001, many of them were flown out to Ohio for a strike. They have a 16 day contract with the temp agency that employs them. I guess the hospital figures that you ladies can't last longer than 16 days, or they hope to settle within that time frame. It's truly a shame that these nurses enjoy making money off the plight of fellow nurses. Whatever happened to caring for individuals? I hope this information helps with your fight for a fair contract. I'm a steward at Verizon, and we sustained an 18 day strike in 2000. I hope yours is as successful as our was.
Press Release announcing strike.
May 1, 2001 - Registered Nurses members of the Ohio Nurses Association, and its affiliate, the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association (YGDNA) will go on strike at Western Reserve Care System/Forum Health located in Youngstown OH. The strike is scheduled to take place on May 1, 2001 at 3:30 p.m.
There are 771 Registered Nurses members in the bargaining unit. Bonnie Lambert, President of the YGDNA said, "Youngstown Nurses would rather fight than quit. We are fighting for our patients, our families, our lives and our profession.
We have tried to negotiate an agreement that will attract and retain registered nurses; however, many issues remain unresolved." Two of the most important practice issues involve safe staffing and the elimination of mandatory overtime. The Ohio Nurses Association and the Medical Center are also far apart on wages and benefits. A mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service has been involved in the negotiations for several weeks.
The Youngstown General Duty Nurses on strike would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their generous support:
Pizza Joes - Boardman
Mary Jo Onder
Massage Therapy Center
Brenda Newlin Globeck
Bev - 2 West
Ohio Nurses Association (ONA)
Ohio Nurses Employee Association (ONEA)
United American Nurses (UAN) (The Union Arm of ANA)
Neighbor from hospital
Teamster's Local 377
Sparkle Market -Union Square
Rose Pasture, RN
Papa Johns Pizza
Nurses from St. E's
Local PEP #4
Diane Wells - Sheetz (Girard)
Martha Eicher - CRNA
Dallas Hartman PC
Alex & Pat DiGiacomo
Cora Barthy & Willo Ferro
Alltel Boardman Office
Magic Mocha Machine
Dr. Fred Kurz
Car Team Boardman Firefighters
Struthers High School
Pediatric Oncology - Holly
John Gordon & UAW
Leonard Lucas, Melodies & Memories
Gabe Kramer & Staff SEIU 1199
Ray & Rose Ferrando
Tim & Judy McPhillips
YSU - APAS
Greg Johnson - Song & Music
Sherwin Williams - Austintown
Poland Giant Eagle
Gobel's Autobody & Towing
Pepsi Co. - Rodger King
Army Recruiters - Eric & Jay
Shirley Ann & Gerald Schultz
Kinko's - Nar
Staples - Ben & Paul
AFSCME - Retirees sub chapter
Randy @ Parkview Counseling
U.S. Air Force
Jan Foley & Family
Mrs. Julius - YSU Faculty
Mary Ann Lloyd
Teachers of Cardinal Mooney High School
Great Harvest Bread Co.
Asst. Mgr. Dave @ Sprarkle
Hillside Rehab Nurses
Prof. Practice Unit St. Vincent's
1199 Parkview Counciling
St. E's Pacu & OR
Massage Therapy Center
Big Daddy Revue
Jeff Jarrett (Johnson & Johnson)
John Centofanti (Ross Labs)
Acme Steak (Tony Tringhese)
Annonymous - Candy Bars
Jack E. Fateley Jr.
John Lammerding - Archway
Med.. Employees Credit Union
Inner Circle Pizza
Papa John's Pizza
Dr. Terri Rich
Bev Bretscheider in memory of her son Ryan
Beth & Keith Showman
Bridget @ Spinners Sub Shop
Irish Bob's Pub
Donna Kennedy (UAN)
Nurses From Gary Indiana
Mary Ellen Patton
Leila & Ray Leclerc
Companies refusing to cross picket line:
Directions to Northside Hospital can be found at the website http://www.OHnurses.org