Survey: Would you cross a picket line when RNs were striking? - page 16

This months survey question: Would you cross a picket line when RNs were striking (at your own hospital or another)? Yes or No? FYI: Here are the results from this survey: Q: Would you... Read More

  1. by   fedupnurse
    No I wouldn't cross any picket line, especially my own. I was on strike in the early '90s for 3 months. It was horrible. American Nursing Corp sent in their scabs, doctors and administrators lied to the patients who demanded to be transferred to one of the other several hospitals in our area. Suits threatened docs with loss of privledges if they supported the strikers and said anything other than the care is fine and it is business as usual. Yes there is a 10 day strike vote notice but our hospital knew we were going out months and months ahead of time because they forced us out in an attempt to break the union. It didn't work. Sure some people crossed and stole colleagues jobs, sure there were hard feelings and still are. The place hasn't been, nor will it ever be, the same. Our suits care about the bottom line and only the bottom line. They couldn't care less about the staff or patients. Any hospital that has a union has management like this. If they did a good job and were fair, let's face it, you wouldn't need a union. I've worked non-union too and would take union any day of the week.
    Last edit by fedupnurse on May 7, '02
  2. by   Teshiee
    No No No I would not cross the picket lines. I am aware of what my duties are but when it comes to exhausting all avenues to avoid a strike I will not cross. I am not falling into that trick bag that it is our duty to our patients when it is the administrators, powers that be will not listen to our demands or try to come to a median. We are professional nurses we don't work for free! So to cross the picket line for the duty of being a nurse is absurb. As long as we bow down they will have to the upper hand. I am not hearing that crap about the patient will suffer well those administrators better make a way for nurses to have better working conditions. patient ratios, and other issues that arises.

    I don't know why so many nurses tolerate such crap!
  3. by   boobaby42
    NO. but if we all don't stick together, the union will not meet it's goal.
  4. by   joannep
    In 1986 I was one of the thousands of Victorian (Australia) nurses who went on strike. Our strike lasted 50 days. The result is that even now 15 or more years down the track the government and media have not forgotten. They know we will go if they push us too far. We have never needed to go on strike again.
  5. by   Tiiki
    I would cross the picket line. The world we live in is filled with uncertainty. I want my patients to know that at least for the time being, I will be consistant with their care and comfort. I cannot imagine a scenerio where Nurses would strike, here, we are an essential service, therefore striking is NOT an option. You also must look at the other end of the spectrum. If you were bringing a family member to the ER...who would you want looking after them? A trained, skilled RN, or support staff who may have been thrown into the fray without knowledge or skill? This is life and death. I take my job and my responsibilites seriousy! If something horrific happened because of my choosing NOT to cross a picket line, I could not live with myself, I could not continue nursing. I would have betrayed the very people I have vowed to serve.
  6. by   fergus51
    Tiiki, I am in the same position here in BC, but if we did have a strike emergency care would still be given. This does not constitute "breaking the strike line".
  7. by   mattsmom81
    Originally posted by joannep
    In 1986 I was one of the thousands of Victorian (Australia) nurses who went on strike. Our strike lasted 50 days. The result is that even now 15 or more years down the track the government and media have not forgotten. They know we will go if they push us too far. We have never needed to go on strike again.
    :roll Good for you!! I love hearing stories like this as I believe this is the way to have our voices heard...where they HAVE to listen. Now they are just paying us lip service....administration will not take nursing seriously, IMO, until we're ready to put ourselves on the line like the Victoria nurses did!!

    I hope everyone is following the nurse strikes (and threats of strikes) going on across the world as our sisters and brothers try to better healthcare! When I read the nurse activism BB's and read what these brave nurses go through, I'm so proud of them...and I keep them in my prayers.

    To those who 'can't imagine' nurses striking for better conditions, let me suggest to you that perhaps you've been very, very fortunate to work in a good facility....there are many more BAD facilities around the world, IME, that abuse and exploit nurses...part of the reasons behind why there is a SHORTAGE, and why nurses strike. I hope those anti union, anti strike nurses will consider some research to see what's going on elsewhere outside their little corner...

    Up with nurse activism! :roll
    Last edit by mattsmom81 on May 14, '02
  8. by   zudy
    I would never cross a pickett line. The reason many nurses strike is to improve the conditions in a hospital, and that only improves things for the pts. There are always long negotiations before nurses strike; administrators can make things better for nurses, they just won't spend the money!
  9. by   Agnus
    The following appeared in the Reno Gazette Journal Sunday May 12, 2002
    " Happy Mother's Day from Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3 Nurses

    Today, as we celebrate motherhood and all the good things that mothers stand for, the nurses at Washoe Medical Center are still struggling with the hospital administration's continuing refusal to act responsibly and provide quality healthcare for our community.


    The recent baby abduction at WMC might have been prevented if management had heeded the nurses' advice. The nurses informed the hospital that the alarm devices placed on the babies could easily be removed. The nurses suggested a different device. Management's response: 'Too Expensive.'

    The hospital recently asked for and received $53 million from our community in order to expand its facilities, even though WMC cannot staff the facilities it presently owns.

    WMC continures to hire out of state 'travelling nurses' instead of spending some of the $112 million they have in the bank on recruiting and retaining local nurses.

    Washoe Medical Center's 'bottom line' policy places our community at risk. Millions in the bank and shiny new buildings do not equal quality health care. IT IS TIME FOR WMC TO PROVIDE OUR COMMUNITY WITH THE CARE THEY NEED AND DESERVE."

    My comment: Operting Engineers Local Union No. 3 Nurses. You are very long overdue with this ad. WMC has monopolized and capatalized on televison advertising. They have presented your battle with them as trivial and have blatently lied to the public. I truly hope that you do not stop at this one ad. WMC hires fron out of state, as nurses in NV ,who do not already work there won't, due to conditions. I spoke with numerours new grads and current students who absolutely will not even consider WMC. Their instate attempts at recruiting new grads consist of a luncheon and a internship that obligates the Nurse more than they obligate themselves to her.
    Last edit by Agnus on May 14, '02
  10. by   Iam46yearsold
    I would cross a strike line. I have no problem with the concept of crossing a strike line. Nor would I worry about my safety as some insinuate. Nor do I believe that crossing a strike line is a failure to support the nursing sisterhood or nursing unity.
  11. by   Iam46yearsold
    Quote from -jt
    Telling it like it is:

    "Scabs betray nursing profession and patients"

    Scabs are used to heal an open wound. So scabs are actually beneficial.
  12. by   andeam
    Like I have told my husband many times when asked about the salary of a nurse, I want to be a nurse for the love of healing someone mentally as well as physically. Sure, workloads around the country have been absurd, but that is all the more reason to get in there and make sure those patients get the care they deserve.
  13. by   Sydangle2
    Yes I would; patients imo come first.

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