"If nurses want better pensions, they should marry better"

  1. I cannot believe this quote from the CEO and founder of Aurora healthcare in Milwaukee, WI

    http://www.jsonline.com/bym/news/jun05/335734.asp
    Portion of article below:
    Posted: June 22, 2005

    About 150 nurses and technicians plan to do their best to stop a pension cut that hit most of their 24,000 co-workers at Aurora Health Care last year.

    The nurses and technicians, who work at Aurora Burlington Memorial Hospital, are represented by Federation of Nurses and Healthcare Professionals. The change in Aurora's pension went into effect last year for employees under age 55. But it has become an issue in the current contract negotiations.

    "We are the only people who can say no," said Candice Owley, the state president of the Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, whose union represents the only organized nurses in the Aurora system.

    They probably also are the only ones who could stage a protest, aimed at G. Edwin Howe, Aurora's president, titled "Will you marry me, Ed Howe?"

    The union contends that during the negotiations, an Aurora representative said that if the nurses and other workers wanted better pensions, they should marry well. That purported comment is behind a planned protest at Aurora's headquarters today that includes several workers dressed as brides.

    "Ed Howe understands the need for a good pension - he has an outstanding pension for himself," Owley said. "And our nurses have a very modest pension."

    The Aurora president made about $3.2 million in 2003, including $1.3 million contributed to a supplemental retirement plan and deferred compensation, according to an annual report filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
    Any suggestions for a letter I am writing to him??
    Last edit by brian on Jul 8, '05 : Reason: added snippet of article
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  3. by   mdfog10
    Start with ---I hope you have married a young and healthy wife who will take care of your sorry behind when you get old and sick.............


    I hope these nurses keep up the pressure on these arrogant , rich boys.
  4. by   Tweety
    Some people are so clueless and unempathetic to persons whose lifestyles may not mirror their own, it's sad.

    Of course, it's a good arguement for gay marriage.
  5. by   VivaLasViejas
    Oh, puh-LEEEEEZE.......what century was this guy born in??!! :angryfire
  6. by   live4today
    mdfog10Start with ---I hope you have married a young and healthy wife who will take care of your sorry behind when you get old and sick.............

    "If nurses want better pensions, they should marry better"

    sorry guys and gals...I always tend to find the humor in things...thus the above quotes. It's just how some people say things that make me laugh.

    Okay...I'll try to get serious here for a second. :uhoh21: My "husband" (for lack of a better word) used to tell me he married a nurse (me) to take care of him in his crippled years because he was convinced he would need one. Well...he's a nurse too, so I told him to nurse himself or hire one because he couldn't afford me as a nurse off of a soldier's retirement/pension. :chuckle
    Last edit by brian on Jul 8, '05
  7. by   tntrn
    In this day of companies gutting their pensions for employees who've been there all their lives (airlines come to mind) the nurse's pension might be all they have. It should be criminal, but far too many get away with it, scot free.
  8. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Well, I'm single if anybody's interested . . .

    ROFL.

    faith,
    Timothy.
  9. by   live4today
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    Well, I'm single if anybody's interested . . .

    ROFL.

    faith,
    Timothy.
    Well, how do you feel about dating "the older woman"?
  10. by   z's playa
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    Well, I'm single if anybody's interested . . .

    ROFL.

    faith,
    Timothy.
    Deal. Where do I sign? :chuckle

    Z
  11. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Quote from z's playa
    Deal. Where do I sign? :chuckle Z
    would that make you my playa? z's playa?

    ROFL

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  12. by   z's playa
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    would that make you my playa? z's playa?

    ROFL

    ~faith,
    Timothy.

    Hmmmm...Z's playa on the playa playing with Z (zashagalka)



    *thinks pensively for a minute 'Two zs...makes sense........'

    Yeah I suppose so

    Z
  13. by   ZASHAGALKA
    That made my day.

    But I think I hijacked the thread.

    Soooooooooooo,

    Now back to your regularly scheduled thread . . .

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  14. by   purplemania
    With that attitude he should run for governor of California!

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