Youngstown RNs demand 'Justice for Nurses' as strike passes day 70 - page 2

Youngstown RNs demand 'Justice for Nurses' as strike passes day 70 7/10/01 Striking nurses from the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association (Ohio Nurses Association)... Read More

  1. by   -jt
    >5. Experienced critical care registered nurses in the community have tried
    >to apply to Northside Medical Center in the last year and have been told by
    >Human Resources we are not hiring for Northside Medical Center at this

    freezing positions, not hiring, keeping staffing to a minimum, then ordering mandatory OT to fill holes when needed. Saves money on the expense of hiring more F/T employees & providing them with benefits. And then dupe the public into thinking this is how it has to be because "there's a nursing shortage & there are just no nurses to be found!"
    The usual MO.
  2. by   -jt
    >2. You made no mention to the Vindicator that any proposal addressing
    >mandatory overtime was presented to the team as a package including items
    >that would be definite concessions for the YGDNA members-i.e. Pay part of
    >the insurance premium, prorated personal days, increased cost of
    >prescriptions, etc........

    so in other words, the hospital said that if the nurses wanted it to agree to discuss restrictions on mandatory ot, the nurses would have to first agree to give up personal days, pay more for prescriptions & pay for their benefits. Blackmail.
    How low can you go?
  3. by   -jt
    on a lighter side & for a little chuckle, go to their strike webpage cartoons:
  4. by   -jt
    "On Saturday, July 14th, the Youngstown GDNA/ONA/UAN nurses held a major rally and march in support of their then 60+ day strike.

    They've gotten terrific support from the AFL-CIO unions in Ohio. One of the building trades unions donated a 20 foot rat who's manning one of the picket sites. (photos of the strike line can be viewed at The head of the state AFL-CIO along with other labor leaders spoke at the rally.

    The nurses on strike remain professional but the fight has gotten nasty. U.S. Nursing Corps strike-breakers routinely roll down their windows and yell at the striking nurses, wave their paychecks, take pictures of them, even spit at the strikers. However, the striking nurses held a peaceful march.

    Anyone who can come down is invited to join us on our strike line. "
    Go to, or email to find out the best times your presence will be most effective.
  5. by   -jt
    >Youngstown Ohio nurses strike - day 81 & counting........ for safe staffing ,
    >safe working hours & recruitment/retention.......

    Theres a rumor today that the Nurses of the YGDNA may have finally presented with a contract with which they may be able to agree.
    The strike may be over after 81 days.
    Talk is that the nurses are very happy about possibly getting back to their patients very soon.
    Of course no one foresees any problems between the nurses and administration when they return - the nurses are professional.
    If its true that they finally have a contract they can agree to then........
    Congratulations Youngstown Nurses, for not backing down from your fight for yourselves and your pts safety!!!!!!
  6. by   -jt

    Prior offer:

    - A hospital system's top official wants to start non-stop talks to end a two-month nurses' strike.
    Registered nurses have rejected Forum Health's latest offer for dealing with mandatory overtime......

    The Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association also refused Wednesday and Thursday to negotiate, said N. Kristopher Hoce, Forum's chief executive and president.

    Union spokeswoman Joyce Shaffer said that although the nurses favor some parts of the hospital's proposals, the guidelines offered aren't enough......

    Hoce said both sides should begin round-the-clock contract talks. ...........

    The 771 unionized nurses at Forum's three hospitals walked out on May 1. About 250 replacement nurses are keeping the hospitals running..........

    The latest proposal by hospital officials contains several proposed alternatives to mandatory overtime......

    They include use of agency nurses, nurse aides and licensed practical nurses, as well as creation of a higher pay tier for longer shifts but......

    The proposal also asks nurses to stay for as long as a half-hour past the end of their shifts without payment of overtime...." ......
    The nurses rejected that proposal because they did not agree with a piece of it. Hmmmmm...... I wonder which piece that might have been. ; )

    I guess if the rumors are true & the nurses were finally offered a contract they can accept, that little piece is no longer in it!!! ; )
  7. by   -jt
    Youngstown, Ohio Nurses strike - day #81

    These nurses as well as those in Minnesota pulled no punches & stood their ground for themselves and their pts safety...."for as long as it took". It was like show-down at the OK Corral.... and they didnt blink. The issues of safe staffing, safe nurses, and recruitment/retention initiatives are that important. Ive met a lot of these nurses from both these states, have worked with them within our union association & can just see them in action.
    I'm soooo proud of them! And honored to be affiliated with them thru our union, the UAN.
    Congrats to all for raising the standard for their nurses and their pts.
  8. by   -jt
    "The 771 unionized nurses at Forum's three hospitals walked out on May 1. About 250 replacement nurses are keeping the hospitals running.........."

    I cant wait to hear how much the hospital was willing to throw away just to keep its staff RNs out on the street for almost 3 months.
    There is no way 250 scabs could cover 3 different facilities, do the work of 771 RNs, or still have the facilities running "business as usual". Common sense tells you thats impossible. Business had to be down, so along with the millions$ paid out to the strike-breakers & their agency, how much did the hospital lose in revenue by having to slow down business operations enough to allow only 250 RNs to cover 3 different facilities.

    All to knock down the staff RNs. It defies logic.
  9. by   -jt
    Diary of Negotiations during 1st month of the strike:

    May 1, 2001 - Press Release announcing strike: Registered Nurses members of the Ohio Nurses Association, and its affiliate, the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association (YGDNA) will go on strike at Western Reserve Care System/Forum Health located in Youngstown OH. The strike is scheduled to take place on May 1, 2001 at 3:30 p.m. There are 771 Registered Nurses members in the bargaining unit. Bonnie Lambert, President of the YGDNA said, "Youngstown Nurses would rather fight than quit. We are fighting for our patients, our families, our lives and our profession. We have tried to negotiate an agreement that will attract and retain registered nurses; however, many issues remain unresolved." Two of the most important practice issues involve safe staffing and the elimination of mandatory overtime. The Ohio Nurses Association and the Medical Center are also far apart on wages and benefits. A mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service has been involved in the negotiations for several weeks............

    May 16 - There has been no movement from the negotiations held on Friday, May 11, and no talks are scheduled for the week of May 14. Special thank you to the ONA members from the Lima Memorial Hospital who lent their support on the picket line, Tuesday, May 15.

    Thursday, May 17, 2001 - CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS - As you probably already know, the negotiations today were not what we anticipated. The hospital didn't even bother to show up. They faxed a proposal for our review. We rejected the package! It did not address our staffing or mandatory overtime issues. Copies of their offer are available at the strike office.........

    We're strong and firm as we enter the third week of our strike against the Western Reserve Care System/Forum Health. The media focus is more on patient care issues, and management is feeling the heat! We've been on National Public Radio, on all local TV networks and all the major radio stations in the area and throughout Ohio. Nurses and family members have risen to the challenge of getting the full and accurate message across in the print media.

    Thursday May 24, 2001- - Negotiation News: After 8 hours of face to face negotiations earlier today with the hospital, YGDNA offered new solutions to address our mandatory overtime issues as well major concessions regarding mandatory overtime - all of which were rejected by the hospital. We are extremely disappointed that an agreement could not be reached. No new meetings are scheduled at this time.

    Friday, June 1, 2001 - After a 3 hour session, negotiations were called off. No new meetings are scheduled at this time.

    Thank you to Sparkle Market on Gypsy lane, for allowing us to park our vehicles in their lot. To show our appreciation, lets patronage this Sparkle's by doing our shopping here.

    (And we know the rest of the story......)
  10. by   -jt
    Those Nurses had to even strike 35 yrs ago, just to have their union recognized by the hospital-

    History of YGDNA

    Prior to the 1960's, nursing issues, at Youngstown Hospital Association (YHA), were handled by a grievance committee and dealt with on an individual basis. The employer determined salaries, retirement, and working conditions with the nurses having no say in the matter........

    In December of 1965, management proposed to give full time nurses a 10-cent and hour raise and part time nurses a 5-cent an hour raise. This was the controversy that led to collective bargaining for Registered Nurses (R. N. 's) employed by YHA..........

    In October of 1965, the majority of nurses voted to request the Ohio State Nurses Association ( OSNA) to represent them. OSNA agreed to represent but received no response from the executive director of Youngstown Hospital Association. YHA refused to negotiate stating that nurses were exempt from the Labor Management Act.........

    In September of 1966, 335 nurses submitted mass resignations to be effective on September 29th unless YHA agreed to recognize and bargain with OSNA. On September 23rd , YHA's board of trustees recognized OSNA as the bargaining agent for non-supervisory registered nurses. A tentative agreement was reached 4 1/2 hours before the scheduled resignation was in effect......

    But OSNA claimed that YHA was bargaining in bad faith and stopped further negotiations. In December of 1966, 304 head nurses, assistant head nurses, and general duty nurses walked out. A federal mediator stepped in and on December 13th an agreement was reached and the nurses returned to work. The mass resignation, along with negotiations and walkout solidified YHA nurses in labor union history.
  11. by   -jt
    "As I sit here at my computer and read all the nursing information from around the country - Raises of 10% - no rotating shifts - no mandatory overtime - wonderful retirement packages reel in my head. All the work those negotiating teams had to do - all the stress they had to endure - but they did it for their fellow nurses, forthe safety of their patients and the future of nurses and healthcare.

    They could not have done it without the strong support of the members. I think " What if our negotiating team thinks we are apathetic and then they don't fight for what is right and for what we need?" What if we stay out for all this time and then we accept much less than what we deserve. I am only hoping that our negotiating team knows we are behind them and that our staying out all this time will not be in vain!

    If the Hospital makes a pitiful offer will I vote to go back in or will I vote to stay out until a good contract is reached?
    What will you do?" - Anonymous in Youngstown
  12. by   -jt
    Speaking of the importance of the ANA's Code of Nurses & its significance to all nurses:


    "From The Picket Fence - 1975
    There were two major issues involved in 1966. Obviously, there was the economic issue of the nickel (5 cents) difference between full and part time nurses. Also at issue were working conditions such as unclear personnel policies, the erratic scheduling, and the need for better staffing. Each directly affecting patient care. It must be stressed that quality patient care and nursing practice was a definite issue in 1966..............

    Ada Jacox points out that during the long series of negotiations the hospital administration dealt with a professional group solely as a labor organization. Indeed, in 1966 the hospital recognized the non-professional union as a bargaining agent before they recognized the nurses right to bargain collectively. The hospitals attitude was clearly manifested during the negotiations when an administration representative stated, "You are just a
    union it isnt up to nurses to say what jobs they should or shouldnt do".............

    As a result of the actions taken in 1966, the hospital accepted the nurses right to act as union. But also in 1966, it was clear the hospital denied nurses the right to act collectively as professionals. The hospital feels that how nursing is to be practiced in the hospital is not within the realm of a professional group to determine.............

    Where we are going ----------> the fight of professional nurses to provide quality-nursing care at Youngstown Hospital Association continues. During the present negotiations it is obvious the hospitals position has not changed since 1966. The hospital negotiates with nurse "widget operators", not with nurse professionals............

    And so we come to the Code of Nursing. Nurses at YHA insist that the hospital be contractually bound to the Code. The Code of Nursing provides a standard of nursing care that protects the patients rights and defines nurses as professionals. As we have seen, the hospital feels that nurses have no professional right to demand changes within the hospital that affect nursing practice. They say this is a management right.........

    Nurses know that business administrators at YHA alone would do little to improve nursing practice at YHA because they have consistently denied the existence of professional practice issues. When the Code is included in the contract, the standards it provides will force the hospital to recognize nurses professional voice in nursing issues and indeed, nursing as a profession.

    As Ada Jacox concludes in her article about our last struggle ---- if nurses want to control nursing practice, they must not let themselves be used as organizational women to meet the hospitals diverse bureaucratic needs; they must instead act collectively on the practice issue and expect even more resistance from administrators than when they act collectively on salary issues.

    And so today in, 1975, we continue the good fight............."

    "And so in 2001, WE continue the good fight!"
    Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association/Ohio Nurses Association/UAN
  13. by   -jt
    >the striking nurses held a peaceful march........."

    nurse unity at its best:

    "Youngstown Rally in the Valley - 'Justice for Nurses' March -

    On Saturday, July 14, hundreds of Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association (YGDNA) members, family, friends and nurses from around Ohio and the Midwest gathered to take the message of Safe Staffing to the streets. The Rally was held to show support and solidarity to the Youngstown Nurses from Forum Health who have been on strike for more than 70 days calling for an end to mandatory overtime and unsafe staffing..........

    The march began in the parking lot of the strike headquarters and proceeded past the Forum Northside facility to a nearby metro park. At the park, the rally had several special speakers including YGDNA President Bonnie Lambert and Bill Berga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO........

    Jean Ross, an RN from the Minnesota Nurses Association/UAN shared support on behalf of the Fairview Southside RNs who recently settled a similar strike in Minnesota. Linda Warino, Ohio Nurses Association First Vice-President and United American Nurses (UAN) executive council member, brought words of encouragement from ONA and the UAN. John O'Conner, a staff member, from the New York State Nurses Association/UAN treated the attendees to several solidarity songs written especially for the YGDNA.......

    ONA members from bargaining units across the state carried signs of support from their local units. Several other states had nurses in attendance as well as area labor unions........

    Earlier in the day, a labor summit was held where labor leaders from a five-state area met to discuss strike ending strategies and suggestions in support of the Youngstown nurses..........
    Ohio Nurses Association."