would you cross a picket line???? - page 5

Yesterday one of my nursing coworkers told me about some strike in OHIO and that she was going to take a travel assignment to that area..... I am totally happy where I am, but I was kinda wondering... Read More

  1. by   live4today
    Would I cross a picket line? I said it once on here...and for the record...I say it twice!
  2. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    Nurses Assoc union hospitals begin at $60,000/yr plus. And we are paid additionally
    They better get that in New York or they'll be staying at the YMCA and eating government cheese:chuckle

    I think 100K a year is entirely possible.

    And that's the first step towards earning it.

    And I'm going to.

    And when I do I know I'll be in a union.
  3. by   pacernurse
    I think it's about time nurse's did earn six figure salaries without having to work 6-7 twelve hour shifts a week and be recognized for our degrees and certifications. We worked hard for both and deserve the recognition. People say that whatever happens in California eventually makes it across the country. Well, this is one time that I hope it comes quickly, and the hospitals that will get it first will be the unionized ones.
  4. by   -jt
    <People say that whatever happens in California eventually makes it across the country. Well, this is one time that I hope it comes quickly,>

    never happen. not when we have so many nurses in so many places making excuses for their low salaries. Ive lost count of the number of times Ive read posts from RNs who say "Im happy with my $16/hr salary. Its enough for me because the cost of living is not so bad in my city." One RN even wrote once that she earns $11/hr in a rural hospital & that was fine for her cause she worked a strike or 2 per year & made up the difference that way.
    How unbelievably self-defeating.
  5. by   pacernurse
    Not only is it unbelievably self-defeating, it's also unbelievablly sad that some nurses still feel that way. I'm sure that the hospitals are happy about it though.
  6. by   Nurse Ratched
    I wouldn't cross another facilities' picket line. It wouldn't be my fight or my place to do so or to interfere with what other nurses obviously felt was important.

    I've never been in the position of being faced with it at my own workplace, and that's what it would take to decide for me. I would have to know the particular circumstances. Obviously, the vast likelihood is that it would be over something very important and worth joining the cause, but I wouldn't say "never" blindly without knowing the particulars.

    My sister (not a nurse nor working in health care) went in to work on a union-declared "sickout" day because she had some deep philosophical differences with the union. She took a lot of abuse but stood tall and has come through it. I admire her for standing up for her principles.
  7. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heart of texas

    Now if my facility was unionized and the union called for a strike. I wouldnt cross that line. However elsewhere, other facilities and strikes. For the right kind of money I will freely admit that I would cross that line in a heartbeat, It isnt about not supporting brethren nurses. Its strictly about big bucks. I know of some strike breaking nurse who were getting up to 10,000 dollars a week to work, with contracts lasting up to 6 weeks guaranteed. For that kind of money I might even be tempted to vote for george bush. No it would take more than that.
  8. by   nursecheryl
    Wouldn't cross a picket line for anything.
  9. by   fedupnurse
    But it is exactly about not supporting your fellow nurses! It is the people who crossed my picket line that helped the hospital keep us out for 3 long months! Had no one crossed for the money or whatever other reason (excuse, really) our strike would have been over in a couple of days! Strikebreaking is the worst kind on blood money I can think of.
  10. by   nur.bmb
    No way!
    I work in a facility where the nurses did strike in '89 for 5 months. We had put up with all we could from administration. They even hired a special VP that had a reputation as a strike breaker. He moved on to another facility after 3-4 years.
    We had good results on our patient care issues and the community backed us 100%. We were even able to have "No Mandatory OT" put in the contract back then, and boy is the hospital sorry now they agreed to that provision!!!
    We have negotiated several contracts since then, and it took 5-6 years for the hospital to realize we (the union) were not going away.
    I have been on the negotiating team 4 times, and have held office in our local unit almost all the 13 years we have been organized. We, as a group, feel that working conditions and patient care issues are almost as bad now as they were 13 yrs. ago!
    We start negotiations in 3 weeks-wish us luck!!!!!!!
  11. by   live4today
    "Would I cross a picket line?"

    Only to take the picketers something cold to drink, and something yummy to eat....that's if it's in the summertime, mind you. Now, if they're picketing in the winter time, I'd go serve them hot chocolate, coffee, hot tea, hot soup, and something yummy for the tummy. :kiss :chuckle
  12. by   JailRN
    NO NO NO A htousand times NO. The employers don't care about the patients, the almighty dollar is their god. They will pay millions of dollare to strike breakers, who could het very hurt, crossing the line. but won't pay their own employees fairly. Nurses are a bunch of caring people who don't ask for the moon. We deserve to be compencated fairly for our education and dedication, all of which seems to mean nothing to today's employer.
  13. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heart of texas

    Well if the almighty dollar is their god, let me the first to separate them from it and into my pocket with their strike bustin wages.