registered nurses at allegheny general hospital last night authorized their negotiating committee to send a 10-day strike notice to management.
more than 90 percent of the nearly 1,300 nurses represented by the nurse alliance of pa voted to approve the measure. the current contract expires next friday. nurse alliance pa is affiliated with local 1199p of the service employees international union.
bargaining sessions are scheduled for today
see more info and news video clip here:
Oct 8, '06
I strongly disagree. I have been a nurse since 1984. I have worked in non union shops and union shops. At present I happen to work in a union shop. This large university hospital would pay us the minimum if they could get away with it. Without the union they could get away with it. The union has lots of faults, BUT at the end of the day I for one am happy that it negotiates for me when it comes to wages and benefits. The hospital would have me for breakfast. I do not know where you are and do not know the union at AGH. I doubt whether union dues consists of 10% of one's wages.
Even in a non nursing hospital some nurses will get away with doing nothing. I worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital where there was no union. People will get away with lazziness if they can or do not have a good work ethic. This to me is not necessarily a union problem.
Knowing the situation in Pittsburgh some I do not envy AGH's position in the burg. UPMC is becoming a monopoly it seems.
Nurses need to stand up to management to meet their wage demands. We are the largest group of hospital workers, yet our voices are not heard. WE need to support our Unions to make our voices and opinions be heard. If we would stick together, there would be no stopping us.
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I do not agree with nurses striking.
The union takes 10% of your pay at AGH. Drop the union and you will automatically make 10% more. I know from personal experience that this union protects the bad nurses. Nurses that dont deserve to keep their jobs...but, heck, they are protected by the "union". I have watched nurses get away with doing the bare minimum while their peers bust their butts, but ya cant do anything about it, because they are protected by the union.
I have personal experience where nurses/the union tried to get "blood from a stone", wanting more and more pay from a hospital that was just trying to keep afloat.
Last edit by oneLoneNurse on Oct 8, '06