Anti-nurse editorial

  1. Editorial from the "National Post", a Canadian right wing newspaper. The current exchange rate for the Canadian dollar is 65.4 US cents. So the $32 per hour rate quoted in the editorial works out to $20.93 per hour in US dollars.

    I expect US nurse recruiters will have a field day in Canada if this advice is followed.

    http://www.nationalpost.com/commenta...31/632600.html



    Call nurses' bluff

    National Post

    The union representing 23,000 of British Columbia's 30,000 nurses claims to have letters of resignation on hand from more than 5,000 of its members, letters it will submit should the new B.C. Liberal government under

    Premier Gordon Campbell legislate a settlement in the nurses' ongoing wage negotiations. The prospect of so many highly paid nurses being suddenly out of work does not seem to trouble Debra McPherson, president of the British Columbia Nurses Union, though. On the weekend, Ms. McPherson told reporters she had recently been in a submarine sandwich shop that had lots of job openings. "We're all educated people with transferable skills," she said. "We will find other jobs."

    It is doubtful many of her members actually share Ms. McPherson's enthusiasm for abandoning a $32-per-hour career in favour of $7-per-hour jobs assembling cold-cut combos. So Mr. Campbell should call the BCNU's bluff and threaten to fire the belligerent nurses -- in the same way Ronald Reagan, then U.S. president, fired more than 11,000 members of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization in August of 1981. Otherwise, the Premier and his agenda will be hostage to B.C.'s powerful public-sector unions for the next four years.

    If (sic) would be unnecessary to fire all 23,000 BCNU members, or even all of the 5,000 militant members who have signed threatening letters. Mr. Campbell and his health minister, Colin Hansen, would need to fire only those who refused to rescind their letters by some reasonable deadline -- say, Aug. 8, when a provincially imposed 60-day cooling off period expires. After that, any nurse still intent on resignation should quickly find herself or himself repeating the line, "Would you like fries with that, sir?"

    The nurses have been offered a raise to nearly $33 per hour over three years -- the highest nursing pay in Canada. Yet they are demanding $35 per hour over two years, or nearly 10% more than any other nurses in the country. The stakes are high. If Mr. Campbell caves in to their threat, he can expect his sensible plans to right the B.C. economy and cut government to be resisted at every turn by entrenched union interests.
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Jenny P
    HEY, CANADIAN NURSES, COME ON DOWN!!!!! We have jobs at better salaries, and here in the Twin Cities most of the media is friendlier than that! And Minnesota nurses will welcome you with open arms!
    I want to write a letter and ask that columnist when was the last time he or a loved one of his was in a hospital ill, but I can't do it by email. I hope some of the BC nurses extend the invitation to this person to shadow them for a week (preferably when they have to do mandatory overtime!-- and he'd have to stay too!) to see why these nurses have resorted to resignation letters.
    Nursing used to be fun and exciting when we could do all of the things that are part of it. Now it is very hard, and when I hear the young nurses I work with tell me that they dread coming to work; I worry. We need more nurses to care for the sicker patients of today; but unless the pay and the workplace environment change, these young nurses will be leaving the field also. I just hope they stay long enough until I retire!
  4. by   lita1857
    hey I say this all the time right here in the USA...any big wigs wanna threaten nurses ????you have to be willing to pick up your toys AKA talents and go home...sure they can hire new grads etc to fill my hours but if your loved one is sick do you want "the specialist" to care for them or someone unfamiliar with their illness??you tell me...across the board MD/Nurse/Aide etc I want the person who has the experience/talent.....and I sure as hell-o want the person who does the job well.... they think a nurse is a nurse and they don't want to pay us??? FINE then let the public see how it is without nurses...let administration do the job with out us???give it a break, they wouldn't last 8hours with out us.
  5. by   -jt
    <Yet they are demanding $35 per hour over two years, or nearly 10% more than any other nurses in the country.>


    First of all, this author is a pig.

    Secondly, I love Debra but I think maybe she should have mentioned all the nursing jobs in the US that would be waiting for them - instead of talking about deli jobs.

    Third...... of course its higher than any other nurses in the country. ALL nurses there are paid too low. You cant conspire to deliberately keep wages stifled & then say they cant have raises because nobody else has them. Thats "price-fixing" And its illegal - well it is here anyway.

    Finally - where is the email address to this jerk? He needs to be buried in letters from nurses & get his cyber-a$$ kicked!!
  6. by   Cdn_Psych
    Originally posted by -jt
    <Yet they are demanding $35 per hour over two years, or nearly 10% more than any other nurses in the country.>


    First of all, this author is a pig.

    Secondly, I love Debra but I think maybe she should have mentioned all the nursing jobs in the US that would be waiting for them - instead of talking about deli jobs.

    Third...... of course its higher than any other nurses in the country. ALL nurses there are paid too low. You cant conspire to deliberately keep wages stifled & then say they cant have raises because nobody else has them. Thats "price-fixing" And its illegal - well it is here anyway.

    Finally - where is the email address to this jerk? He needs to be buried in letters from nurses & get his cyber-a$$ kicked!!
    I'm not sure who the author(s) is/are. It was an editorial in the paper.

    To send a letter to the editor go to http://www.nationalpost.com/contactus/edletter/

    They have one response online already at:

    http://www.nationalpost.com/search/s...01/633723.html

    which says:
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    Better offers

    Re: Call Nurses' Bluff, July 31. I agree, the B.C. government should determine how willing nurses are to submit their resignations if they do not get the wage increase they are demanding.

    In a truly deregulated labour market like the one I operate in, I have only my willingness to switch employers as the ultimate backup to any requests I make for better compensation or working conditions.

    That being said, I find it ironic that you assume trained and experienced nurses would be forced to work for $7 per hour, as if there was no market for their skills outside of British Columbia or Canada.

    The U.S. continues to have a shortage of skilled nurses, and the wages paid there dwarf whatever any provincial government can afford.

    The question facing British Columbia's nurses is not whether their current offer is the best they can receive. It is not. The only question remaining is how many are willing to accept the better offer available.

    Luke Kolin, Alpharetta, Ga.
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  7. by   Mijourney
    Oh my, what type of union leader would make the comments described in the newspaper? If said, I hope she corrected herself later.

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