Robert Wood Johnson Univ Hospital Nurses to Strike - page 9

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   mekrn
    Quote from tridil2000
    this was well thought out and a very mature reply to msmitty.

    btw, are you all eligible for unemployment and have you all applied for it?

    stand strong!
    Thank you for the compliment. Many of us have applied for unemployment and some have already received checks.
  2. by   VOICE OF REASON
    :uhoh21:
    The truth is, not even the union's leaders can say what this stike is about.
    Ask five nurses and get five different answers.
  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    I don't know all the details of bargaining BUT trust that more than 1,300 nurses united are the reason for RWJ to exist. NURSING CARE!
    Nurses' strike hits Week 3
    http://www.thnt.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar...609070498/1001

    The most important word in the language of the working class is "solidarity."
    -- Harry Bridges
    http://www.ilwu19.com/history/biography.htm
  4. by   VOICE OF REASON
    Just a shame.
  5. by   JHUBRAIN
    Quote from solidaritynurse
    Thank you for the compliment. Many of us have applied for unemployment and some have already received checks.
    Good Luck to you all!
  6. by   lee1
    Quote from VOICE OF REASON
    :uhoh21:
    The truth is, not even the union's leaders can say what this stike is about.
    Ask five nurses and get five different answers.

    Now did I imagine that it was over healthcare issues and nothing more? So, shouldn't there be only 1 answer?
  7. by   VOICE OF REASON
    I was referring a letter to the editor in the Home News Tribune Saturday by a nurse union leader who says the "real" reason for the strike is some contract language on patient advocacy.

    Which is it?
  8. by   pickledpepperRN
    I live thousands of miles away but want to express my support for my sisters and brothers in nursing.
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    …Nerissa Chin, who works at the neonatal intensive care unit, said the union’s major complaint is large co-pays — between $700 and $1,000 — nurses must pay for hospital admissions and outpatient procedures outside of their health plan network….
    … The striking nurses — many of whom have consistently won national awards for nursing excellence in patient care — contend they want a system that does not steer them toward Robert Wood Johnson, citing monetary and privacy reasons and have offered three deals through Blue Cross & Blue Shield they feel would be acceptable, but those were rejected by the hospital.
    Hospital officials said they did not feel the offers made financial sense despite the union’s claim it would save $1.5 million over three years….
    … “This is not about the money,” Kharlo Suico, another Cebuano and an 11-year veteran at the hospital, told the Reporter.
    “We want this strike to serve as a wake up call for everyone that the health care we get is simply unacceptable,” said Suico of Monmouth Junction. “We work with the finest physicians and surgeons in the country at Robert Wood but we can’t see or consult them when we get sick because they are not on our health care coverage.”
    “We just can’t get the kind of care we give to our patients,” he said….
    … Jerry Collins, president of the United Steelworkers Local 4-200 and a nurse at the hospital for 19 years, said the union’s leadership is united and in touch with its members, but has suffered because of a lack of communication with the hospital.
    “We are very close to a deal and we feel that if we sat down face-to-face with hospital president and chief executive officer Dr. Clifton R. Lacy and their negotiators that we would reach a deal in no time,” Collins said. “We’ve been willing to meet, but they do not want to.”…
    http://www.filipinoreporter.com/

    The employers side:
    http://www.rwjuh.edu/stke1/issues_in..._benefits.html
  9. by   nyforlove
    Quote from spacenurse
    The hospital's own web site is not very good for the hospital's position---look at the size of those deductibles---even with the proposed 30% reduction, an RN must pay upwards of $500---$700 per procedure for going beyong RWJ...Note how the web site says nothing about the privacy issues...Curious if the health plan of the hospital execs similarly imposes penalties for getting care outside of RWJ.....
  10. by   trishwille
    Hi Nurses,
    I See The Word "fair". In Business There Is No Such Word. They Use "equitable" A Non-emotional Word.... There Is No Room For Emotions In Negotiations. They Know This Is Your Weakness And They Will Use It. Also I See Your Attitude In "i Know We Will Loose Things But".... They Will Also Use This As Well. Keep Your "eye On The Ball". You Will Get Want You Want But Don't Go Off On Tangents. They Love That. Just Remember All The Money They Have Used Against You..... I Think You Are Great Hanging Together So Don't Let Them Dissect You In Negotiations. Remember They Were The Ones Who Forced You To Take This Action......
    Trishwille
  11. by   VOICE OF REASON
    Quote from nyforlove
    The hospital's own web site is not very good for the hospital's position---look at the size of those deductibles---even with the proposed 30% reduction, an RN must pay upwards of $500---$700 per procedure for going beyong RWJ...Note how the web site says nothing about the privacy issues...Curious if the health plan of the hospital execs similarly imposes penalties for getting care outside of RWJ.....

    $500 - $700 doesn't sound so bad. Didn't they already come down on what it used to be?

    I think the hospital makes a pretty good case.

    All hospitals try to steer nurses and other employees to use their facilities and RWJ is no different, except that they're a better hospital than most.

    Is the deductible/penalty for going elsewhere unreasonable? I don't think so.

    In the words of that great Wendy's ad: "Where's the beef?"
  12. by   pickledpepperRN
    … “We want the same care we give our patients,” said union spokesperson Jeanne Clarke. According to one striker, the nurses now pay from $30 to $200 a month for coverage, depending upon the plan.
    The hospital currently offers QualCare and Aetna plans. “We don’t feel [switching plans] is right for our employees,” says Patella. “The key point is getting the nurses to recognize this is a terrific plan.”…


    …In early June another institution, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, went so far as to lockout its unionized nurses in a dispute over pension benefits before agreeing to extend their contract and resume talks. An agreement was reached in late July. Nurses at these nine hospitals were represented by the Emerson-based Health Professionals and Allied Employees union….

    http://www.njbiz.com/weekly_article_...511&aID2=68270
  13. by   VOICE OF REASON
    Quote from spacenurse
    ... "We want the same care we give our patients," said union spokesperson Jeanne Clarke. According to one striker, the nurses now pay from $30 to $200 a month for coverage, depending upon the plan.
    The hospital currently offers QualCare and Aetna plans. "We don't feel [switching plans] is right for our employees," says Patella. "The key point is getting the nurses to recognize this is a terrific plan."...

    Maybe the reporter got it wrong, but about half of RWJ nurses don't contribute anything towards their healthcare. Those hired in the last few years pay the most - about $120/month for a family plan. No one pays anywhere near $200/month.
    Ignorance is the disease....The Voice of Reason is the cure.

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