I was just wondering whether there are nurses who just work during strikes. A class mate of mine told me she has a friend who travels to different states and only does strikes. Is there such a thing?
Nov 26, '02
There is a strike going on now about an hour from here. There is an Agency in Denver that apparantly specializes in providing Nurses during strikes. According to the newspaper, they make $40. an hour. However, I think it's sad. The nurses on the picket line are trying to get better nurse to patient ratios and decent benefits.
The hospital's administration says there is no money. Yet they are paying these scab nurses $40. an hour. The union is new, and rumor has it that the hospital wants to 'break' the union. To me, these nurse's are profiting off of other nurses. Very sad.
Last edit by kavi on Nov 26, '02
Nov 26, '02
Stargazer believe me I had to bite my fingers to stop myself from answering in this thread. And here I am getting dragged right back in! : )
This discussion has taken place here so many times already but I just want to clear up one misconception:
Hospitals dont care how much they spend on scabs because its not coming out of their own pockets - theyre using TAX PAYER dollars - including state grants, business loss deductions, and medicare/medicaid monies to pay for their strike-busting tactics.
If strike workers cost the hospital any pain at all, theres no way hospitals would be provoking their own staff RNs to go out on strike or keep them out for months at a time. Last year in Oregon, the hospital spent millions of dollars of state grant money on one month of strike busting - more than what the staff RN contract would have cost over an entire 2 yr period. The hospital settled the strike a few days before the state legislature was to have a special meeting to rescind millions more of the hospitals state funding because of how they used the money. A couple of years ago in NY, the RNs stayed out on strike from Christmas to Mothers Day because their employer wouldnt negotiate with them over safe staffing, banning mandatory ot & improving wages to recruit & retain more staff RNs. Since they had enough strike workers to keep business going, the hospital didnt feel any pressure to address the staff RNs issues, & ignored the strike. That strike-busting cost $33 MILLION but it didnt cost the hospital that money. Do you think the hospital would take $33 MILLION out of its own pockets just to avoid having to negotiate with its RNs?
It was TAX PAYER money that the hospital shellled out without a blink of an eye. And the states attorney general is investigating the hospitals board for misappropriation of funds.
As far as pts being cared for --- thats what the 10 day notice is for. So the hospital can make arrangements to have the pts cared for someplace else or come to its senses & settle before the strike starts.
There is absolutely no reason to be a strike-buster other than to help keep the strikers out longer & reap the bounty reward for "crossing the line."
People will do what their morals allow them to do. Everybody makes up their own mind. But this is where the term "crossing the line" came from & there is a reason it means something negative.
If more nurses had the conviction that the striking nurses had, they might fight to improve wages at their own facilities too & wouldnt have to cut down another nurses chances of obtaining better wages just so they can earn a decent salary themselves for a few weeks. It would be far better for all in the long run if everyone fought for better wages where they are.
Funny that people are suddenly so concerned about the pts in hospitals in other cities & other states when RNs go on strike for better wages & working conditions. We have a national shortage of RNs who are willing to work at the hospital bedsides of their own communities, but they come out of the woodwork when RNs in other states go on strike. All out of concern for the poor pts?? They have hospitals in their own communities where nurses are NOT on strike but the pts there still dont have an RN at their bedside. Is anybody flocking to those hospitals?
Wheres all the concern for those pts?
Anyway, theres a lot about this topic here. Use the search button & youll see a ton of discussions on it.
Last edit by -jt on Nov 26, '02