Posted 6 years ago on March 3, 2012, 11:29 p.m. EST by GirlFriday
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"At Baystate Franklin Medical Center management has come after us with a vengeance," according to bargaining unit Co-Chair Donna Stern RN. "They want to calculate overtime pay in a new way that would cost many of our members thousands of dollars. They have a proposal that would limit the nurse's ability to negotiate over the health insurance premium split. They are also proposing to expand mandatory 'on-call' of nurses allowing them to bring in RNs when needed. These proposals would make it virtually impossible for a nurse to schedule their life."
Baystate has hired an expensive anti-union labor law firm to represent them in both negotiations. Jackson Lewis touts themselves as experts in "Union Avoidance." While the issues are slightly different in the negotiations, the attitude of the attorney representing Baystate is the same; they know what is best for the nurses and the organization and if the nurses don't agree the RNs just don't understand reality. Management continues to claim that the current economic situation, along with the unknowns of health care reform, should give them the right to offer little, if any, wage increases, strip benefits they say are outmoded, and ultimately to bust the union and eliminate their union rights.
And this one (different state) Nurses take staffing fight to Legislature
At a press conference in St. Paul Tuesday, union leaders accused hospital officials of breaking promises made after the strike to work with nurses to address staffing questions. They also said they collected nearly 1,000 reports in the last half of 2011 from nurses who said patients were endangered by inadequate staffing levels.
"We've been left with no choice but to take our concerns to the state Legislature," said Linda Hamilton, president of the nurses association.