lawsuit over pay

  1. Six metro Detroit hospital systems colluded to suppress registered nurse wages, contributing to nursing shortages and holding back nurses from pay hikes, a lawsuit filed last week alleges.

    The lawsuit, filed Friday in Detroit's U.S. District Court, seeks an estimated $340 million for 16,800 registered nurses working full-time since 2002 at the six hospitals, according to Daniel Small, a partner with Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, a Washington, D.C., law firm that filed the lawsuit with James & Hoffman, also of Washington, D.C. It hopes to establish the group as a class action.

    On average, RNs were underpaid about $5,000 a year, Small said. The Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that RNs in the Detroit, Livonia and Dearborn area were paid an average of $28.38 per hour in 2005.
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  3. by   oramar
    When you have been in this business for a while you start to suspect that things like this are going on all over. Proving it in a court of law is a totally different thing from having suspicions.
  4. by   Dabuggy
    Good luck to those Detroit nurses, I hope things will work out for them. I hope this wakes up those hospitals above the imaginary line at the Zillwalkee bridge and it benefits these nurses as well.