WHO IS GONNA PICKET TOMMORW - page 2

I have to get up at 4am to picket tommorow. My husband laughs, and says, you spend more time picketting than you do working. Ok so I am there from 5.30AM-4.30PM. Anybody else... Read More

  1. by   imaRN
    egmillard : This is for you.

    "There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest".-Elie Wiesel

    Hang in there, picket strong and carry a big umbrella! Your patients of the future are depending on you!

    Go MN! We union nurses of Ohio are behind you ALL the way!
    Currently there is a strike going on in Youngstown, Ohio also!And we are supporting them too!! imaRN,and proud of it!
  2. by   egmillard
    Looks like I didnt have to picket after all, the only thing was that I was looking forward to a weekend off, as I am starting nights tonight. Oh well, I am voting tommorow, and I am so glad things are happening, I was prepared to find alternative work, but am glad that the hospital is negotiating. It will be interesting to see what they are offering, and I will vote accordingly.
    The only thing I will suggest that if for some reason you decide the cross the picket line, if you ever need to strike, then it is probably wise not to tell anyone, as now the strike here is postponed, we still have to work with the staff that told us in advance. So it will be interesting to see what happens over the next week. Thanks for all your support during this particulary stressful time.
  3. by   janicurn
    We are with you in Ohio! We served a strike notice 5/31 and understand your issues. We have been told that our concerns for mandatory overtime, agency nurses and decreasing sick, vacation, and retirement issues are national agenda- not ours! What is the heck is that suppose to mean? These are NURSING issues. We are with you sisters!
  4. by   Jenny P
    You know that it's not over 'til the fat lady sings; and I haven't heard the singing yet. From what I understand, my nurse negotiators for my hospital have not been paid since the strike vote; and there are a bunch of us in my unit are very mad about that!
    Who knows what the vote tomorrow will bring- a friend just told me she may vote against the contract out of spite for the way we were treated these past 2 weeks.
    Laying off 1000 of the non-nursing employees may be backfiring in Allina's face- there is talk of what they did to the maintenance workers may be illegal. Soooo, they have had an illegal meeting for nurses to try to go around the negotiating team (only 20 nurses out of 1600 showed up; and 4 or 5 of them were the negotiating team members); they have laid off non-contract workers to divide the employees; and from the sounds of it, they have violated the maintenance employee contract. Way to go Allina!
  5. by   kennedyj
    I hear so much talk about striking that it scares me to think that there are so many people who would abandon their patients so easily. Maybe in some cases where safety is an issue I could consider striking (after all other methods have failed). I feel that nurses need to stand together more politically but not by striking. There is currently too much fighting between nurses at this point (adn,BSN, MSN, CNA etc.)

    When people strike I hear them talk bad about agency workers (scabs). Does this mean you would like to see no one show up??
    Does this mean you would like to see your patients suffer??
    If so maybe it is time for you to leave nursing....
    Jared
  6. by   nurs4kids
    Originally posted by kennedyj:
    <STRONG>I hear so much talk about striking that it scares me to think that there are so many people who would abandon their patients so easily. Maybe in some cases where safety is an issue I could consider striking (after all other methods have failed). I feel that nurses need to stand together more politically but not by striking. There is currently too much fighting between nurses at this point (adn,BSN, MSN, CNA etc.)

    When people strike I hear them talk bad about agency workers (scabs). Does this mean you would like to see no one show up??
    Does this mean you would like to see your patients suffer??
    If so maybe it is time for you to leave nursing....
    Jared</STRONG>
    THE following was taken from another thread that Jared posted on tonight:
    Originally posted by kennedyj:
    <STRONG>I am on the internet at work. Does that count. Tonight it was slow I was on it for 6 hrs of a 12 hr shift. But on 3 discussion forums and research sites. I guess you could say I get paid to surf the web ...lol.
    Jared</STRONG>
    Now, perhaps, Jared, you should come work beside the nurses here who WORK their entire shift. As another poster said, could you not find something to do for your patients in those 6 hours you surfed??? This completely explains your ignorance over the reasons for striking. Have you tried surfing over some info on the nursing shortage and the reasons?? They're not because MOST nurses have time to surf 6 of 12hours while they're being paid!

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