Look at the demands this hospital is making on its nurses. Then it wonders why it has to use so many temporary agency nurses because no will work there. And it has the audacity to want GIVE BACKS from the staff nurses its lucky enough to still have. You have to wonder if they even want nurses to continue working there at all.
Theres only 2 reasons why they would slap their staff RNs in the face like this - Either they havent heard of the nursing shortage or they just dont care about it.....
supply & demand? Supply & demand supply & demand supply & demand...............
When will they all get it thru their thick profit driven heads?
<<<<For Immediate Release
Franklin Hospital RNs Say: "No more delays!"
Picketing Wednesday to protest givebacks, slow negotiations
(see Images from Informational Picketing, 5 June, 2002)
VALLEY STREAM, LI, NY - June 3, 2002 - Registered nurses at Franklin Hospital Medical Center want a contract, not the run-around. The RNs elected the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) their collective bargaining representative on August 3, 2001. But management wouldn't begin talks for their first contract until late that December.
Now, more than five months later, the nurses are still seeking a solution to the many problems that have made working conditions difficult and the hospital itself an unattractive employer. Yet hospital management keeps delaying negotiations and making the sessions they do manage to have unproductive.
Out of frustration, the nurses will conduct a session of informational picketing from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5 in front of the hospital at 900 Franklin Avenue.
The 250 RNs are fighting for better staffing. In order to meet its minimum staffing needs, the hospital has been relying heavily on temporary employment agencies-which costs more than maintaining a full time staff.
To draw more nurses to the hospital and encourage veterans to stay, the nurses are seeking to improve salaries.
NYSNA estimates Franklin nurses earn about 8% less than RNs at neighboring hospitals, and have not had a raise in almost a year. But the salary proposals on the table so far will not even come close to making up this difference.
Before hospital management will begin to discuss either of these issues, they are demanding the nurses GIVE BACK half of the time in their sick-leave banks and accept a longer work week.
"When you consider the additional hours we'd work with the low salary increase the hospital is offering," CNP Chair Kathleen Ruscito said, "some of us would see an insignificant increase in pay while others would even lose money. Is that fair?"
NYSNA is the professional association for registered nurses in New York with more than 34,000 members statewide. A multipurpose organization, NYSNA fosters high standards of nursing education and practice and works to advance the profession through legislative activity and collective bargaining. NYSNA is a constituent of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and its labor arm, the United American Nurses (UAN), which is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.>>>>>>>