I was just curious why nurses who strike are against travelor's who step in to take advantage of said strike.
I am a nursing student and live in the south, an area where unionized nursing is uncommon. Having no experience with such a subject aside from just reading bits and pieces on this forum, I have no firm opinion on the subject and I am intrigued by some of the responses.
It seems to me that if a group of unionized nurses decide to strike in order to meet their needs (better pay/staffing or what have you), then it is expected that someone will have to step in to meet the patient's needs. After all, the nurses are against either management/legistalures/hospital policy, not the actual patients, right? So I do not understand why the nurses on strike would act so hostile towards the nurses who step in to care for their patients.
It is my understanding that hospitals pay very high $$$ during a strike to meet their staffing needs on short notice, which is not desireable. I would think that it doesn't hinder negotiations with the strikers. And if another nurse can step in and provide pt care, make a decent buck, and give you the time to negotiate for better working conditions...then why the hostility...calling them scabs?
If I were to travel to an area on strike, I would feel like I was doing two things...providing support to the patients and to the nurses. I would only feel like I was sabotaging the strike by accepting a really low wage, which would give the hospital more time to delay negotiations.
No flames please. I would love to hear all sides of the argument.