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Anyone ever been on strike?

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by dankimal dankimal (Member) Member

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Hey All!

The nurses union that represents my hospital has called for a strike.  Without getting into the gory and messy details, I was just wondering what people’s experiences with strikes have been?

 

Thanks in advance!

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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN and specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

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Meriwhen is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

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Mostly marching in the picket line and listening to speeches.  Nothing really gory or messy to it at all.

I was working per-diem at this facility so I didn't take a financial hit, nor did I have to struggle with whether to cross the picket line because this wasn't my only job.  I didn't have to really do anything about this strike.  But I still felt strongly that we (general) were not receiving a fair deal, so off to the picket line I went.

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Yes, we went on strike approx. 10 years ago, we were out approx. 5 days and for the most part the CEO of the hospital did NOT get truthful info or he never would have locked the nurses out.  We had already gotten a pitiful pension from the union. (then the next year we found the union leaders who were not nurses had embelssed the money so we had to switch unions) in a negotiation prior.   We did get money from the state for the days we were without work.  Very important for nurses to be part of the negotiating committee and voice their concerns, plus be an active voice in your union membership, now we are an all nurse union led by nurses from our own hospital but still have many issues.  I am retired now (the retirement pension is pitiful even though they counted 30 years service)and many nurses just sit back and let the few leaders do everything so sometimes you do not get a true voice.   Plus the public really does not understand what nurses do, what their retirement benefits are (nothing in reality especially in the medical area except your Medicare).

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