Robert Wood Johnson Univ Hospital Nurses to Strike - page 4

Registered nurses start strike August 24, 2006 at 7am at Robert Wood Johnson Univeristy Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ Nurses reject contract proposal Home News Tribune Online 08/17/06 By DAVID... Read More

  1. by   clcrtrn
    9/4 Update:

    Candle light vigil and news conference tonight....another great turnout!! Looked like about 1000 of us. NJ State Senator Bob Menedez spoke as well as a couple of local assemblymen and other unions' reps. All were in strong support of our cause!! A news chopper was hovering during the event...not sure who it was. Some pics:

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    Now we have some political clout with us...administration better take a good hard look and listen. Each day they loose more ground and money paying the scabs. Someone I work with, on the inside now, was told by a scab nurse that she is getting $150 an hour got a $3600 sign on bonus and can't wait to spend it on her vacation. Administration's priorities are so screwed up. In the end we will win.....

    STILL STANDING STRONG!!!!!!
  2. by   ERTRAVELER
    Hope your strike has been resolved. It has to be a lose:lose situation.but the patients are the biggest losers. I can only imagine the anger and sense of betrayal you feel. I was a nurse at a hospital that closed its doors and it wasn't a good time. I wish you luck at resolvinig the situation in a manner that is good for patients and nurses.
  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    Striking nurses rally outside hospital
    'People who come to the hospital with no insurance get better coverage than our members do," Collins said in an interview after the rally, which included speeches from labor leaders and politicians, including U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).
    Robert Wood Johnson officials countered that the plan offered is generous. The hospital has hired replacement workers while the strike continues.

    http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey...480.xml&coll=1

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    As Nurses Strike, Hospitals Pay Big For Replacements
    ...John Patella, a spokesman for Robert Wood Johnson, wouldn't say how many replacement nurses are at the hospital or how much the hospital is paying US Nursing...

    http://online.wsj.com/google_login.h...googlenews_wsj
  4. by   clcrtrn
    9/6 Update:

    A large group of us attended a townhall type meeting at UMDNJ where Governor Corzine was the guest speaker. After a short speech about the University he opened the floor to questions. We were able to get 3 people in with questions before time ran out. We raised the issue of the strike and getting both sides back to the table. He said he would definitely do what was in his power to do so; he recognized the lack of communication and said that there were no winners at this point. He also admitted that things were not up to the standards we would provide if INSIDE where we belong; being a politician he played both sides of course saying that in any substitution situation things would not be the same, but the administration was doing the best that was possible. Communication, or lack of, was the biggest issue; he stated that he would get both sides together.
  5. by   tridil2000
    Quote from clcrtrn
    9/6 Update:

    A large group of us attended a townhall type meeting at UMDNJ where Governor Corzine was the guest speaker. After a short speech about the University he opened the floor to questions. We were able to get 3 people in with questions before time ran out. We raised the issue of the strike and getting both sides back to the table. He said he would definitely do what was in his power to do so; he recognized the lack of communication and said that there were no winners at this point. He also admitted that things were not up to the standards we would provide if INSIDE where we belong; being a politician he played both sides of course saying that in any substitution situation things would not be the same, but the administration was doing the best that was possible. Communication, or lack of, was the biggest issue; he stated that he would get both sides together.

    i just came from the town hall meeting at umdnj in stratford!

    he did mention the strike! so it was still on his mind!
  6. by   fedupnurse
    Corzine was more than happy to accept all the unionized votes he got to become Gov!! What a jerk! We found in our strike that the politicians were very wishy washy and wouldn't support one side over the other. Here is all I can advise after having been through it myself: Stay informed. Do not have blind faith in either side. The hospital and parent union both have their own agenda's and their own axes to grind. Keep asking questions, put Union leadership (parent union) on the spot and ask the tough questions of them too. The hospital is going to spin this to their favor. If people are foolish enough to believe that everything is perfect and risk going there during the strike that is their choice. Best of luck to them, they are going to need it! All of you on the line should find other jobs, per diem, agency, whatever you can find. It sounds like this isn't going to be over any time soon.
    Congratulations to all of you who are still standing strong!!
  7. by   JHUBRAIN
    I am following this with much awe - Good luck to all of you - Fight for your rights!
  8. by   ironica01
    Quote from fedupnurse
    Corzine was more than happy to accept all the unionized votes he got to become Gov!! What a jerk! We found in our strike that the politicians were very wishy washy and wouldn't support one side over the other. Here is all I can advise after having been through it myself: Stay informed. Do not have blind faith in either side. The hospital and parent union both have their own agenda's and their own axes to grind. Keep asking questions, put Union leadership (parent union) on the spot and ask the tough questions of them too. The hospital is going to spin this to their favor. If people are foolish enough to believe that everything is perfect and risk going there during the strike that is their choice. Best of luck to them, they are going to need it! All of you on the line should find other jobs, per diem, agency, whatever you can find. It sounds like this isn't going to be over any time soon.
    Congratulations to all of you who are still standing strong!!
    oh yes, all those politicians who came to the labor Day candlelight vigil who " lent their support" used the strike for their own benefits. elections is coming soon. and they will need all the votes that they could get. In the meantime, most of the striking nurses have found jobs from other agencies, those who are not fortunate got shunned from nearby hospitals telling them" it is unethical for them (hospital) to hire these nurses". cuz these hospitals have good ties with RWJUH where they send their sickest patients and get proper treatments, again, with the skills of these nurses that they shunned. Im not sure if RWJUH retains its level 1 trauma because of the strike, and who administers the chemo medications in the cancer unit if the scab nurses are not certified in administering them? The OR is not functioning as it is... only about 30 cases are done everyday as supposed to 120-130.
  9. by   KyRNBSN
    Quote from clcrtrn
    The biggest issue is the penalties for not using RWJ for proceedures, admissions etc. and the lack of coverage for some sevices. Not only is there a deductable (reasonable enough), but there is a $800 penalty PER INCIDENT if RWJ is not used. Alot of nurses live 45 minutes to an hour away. It seems a bit insenitive and extreme to penalize valued employees so heavily for wanting to obtain health care closer to home.
    Wow, Isnt it illegal for someone to tell you WHERE to go for healthcare.. I mean somewhere it states "you have the right to fair treatment regardless of race, age, sexuality," et. al. Its like they are dictating where these people can go and to me thats a form of communism. This is America, we have the right to choose WHERE we go and shouldnt be forced by limitation set by our providor nor should we be penalized for those decisions. Tell them to go to communist China if they want to be dictators.. This is America, Where freedom is a Right granted by the constitution. Good Luck to you all.

    kyrnbsn
  10. by   clcrtrn
    First of all, thanks to everyone for the support in these posts. I know at least one other reader and poster is also a RWJ nurse on the line; to hear so much positive feedback to our plight is uplifting!

    Our insurance is good through the end of September...I can breathe a little easier now! Some nurses on the line have been getting calls from head nurses stating that 50 more nurses crossed the line and would they want to work this weekend. TOTAL LIE!!! So far only 60 total have crossed. Sounds like they're getting desperate.

    Finally....somewhat more positive, if not more truthful articles!!

    http://www.thnt.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar...73256256952403

    http://www.thnt.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar...73256256988387

    http://www.thnt.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar...73256257014562

    week 3, still standing strong!!!
  11. by   fedupnurse
    Yup, the phone calls and intimidation like that happens. Managers will choose people they feel are more likely to cross or be upset by the news that people have crossed. Tell people if they get calls to ask for specific names. Of course mgmt won't tell them but it will at least put them on the spot. I'd also consider having a voice recorder near the phone and tell any person who calls trying to intimidate me into coming back "Hi, I need to tell you that I am recording this conversation...." I would then pursue harassment charges against them while the strike is ongoing. It is amazing what hospitals will do and spend to get their way!!!!
    Congrats on so few people crossing!! That is impressive!!!!!!
  12. by   nyforlove
    Quote from tridil2000
    how on earth did a large place like rwj get eough nurses in and up and running today??

    i read they got nurses in from all over the country and world!
    They get them from this company based in Colorado that exists for the purpose of providing replacements--see this thread: http://allnurses.com/forums/f8/repla...ss-178050.html
    Last edit by nyforlove on Sep 8, '06
  13. by   RNBarb
    I've been out walking our picket line for all but 3 days now. What continues to impress and amaze me me is the ongoing determination and resolve my co-workers are showing. What a GREAT group of people we have! Nurses from all areas of the hospital have bonded and joined together to stand up and fight for what we believe is right. Not one nurse out there WANTS to be there...we all want to get back to doing what we do best, taking care of our patients. The fact that we continue to support each other, encourage each other, and help each other is a testament to our committment and solidarity. Thank you all for the words of encouragement and support. UNITED WE STAND1

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