We’re stronger and more united after our one-day strike and our hospitals heard our message that patient care must come first.
At Deaconess we walked back in to work, united and ready to care for our patients.
At Valley, administrators delivered lockout notices to many nurses and healthcare workers, barring them from working until Saturday. This sent a strong message that management feels more obligated to out-of-town temporary workers who aren’t familiar with our hospitals than they do to us, the experienced staff who know our community and patients. This is disrespectful to both us and the patients who are counting on care from us.
Our top priority continues to be our patients which is why we reported to work, and the reason we’ll continue to take action to stand up for our rights and for the quality care our patients need.
We’re meeting today to plan our next steps- stay tuned!
“Being on strike was a very powerful experience and when we walked in together this morning it made me feel proud that we took a stand to let management know patient care is OUR priority.” – Betsy Proctor, Dietary, Deaconess Hospital
“Why would they waste money and not negotiate? They talk about continuity and quality care but that’s not what they are demonstrating by locking us out.” Brandi Najera, PCA and Jenny Imes, PCA, Valley Hospital
“This saddens and disheartens me to see the corporation do this. We gave them notice for a 24 hour strike, not 72. They should have covered 24 hours. They have an obligation to our patients.” Judy Sather, RN, Valley
“I’m upset they chose to do this and disrespect our patients and us by allowing temporary workers to stay here. Now we have to stand strong, fight for what’s right, and push through together.” -Janeen Massiah, RN, Valley
juliep December 6th, 2013
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