Labor Issues Move to Forefront of Nursing Profession

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Nurses in NY, Massachusetts in the news over disputes with management

The never-ending battle between labor and management has reached the nursing profession, and seems to have reached the boiling point in some locales.

At 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, some 200 nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, MA, plan to walk off the job for the second time in under a year. The protestors complain of being understaffed and overworked, and demand staffing requirements should be written into contracts.

The hospital, in response, is initiating a three-day lockout starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, during which they will employ temporary nurses.

Meanwhile, nurses at Albany Medical Center are attempting to unionize for the first time in over 15 years. On three previous occasions in the early 2000s, attempt to form a union at the Center failed, but inspired by successful unionizations across the state, they will vote again this Thursday and Friday.

This time around, the nurses seek representation with the New York State Nurses Association, the state’s largest nursing union.

SOURCES: New York Upstate, WWLP

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  1. I hope that the nurses at Albany take a very careful look at what the union says they can do for them. Unions promise a lot deliver very little. Most states make it very clear that unions cannot dictate staffing the one thing every nurse wants. Our hospital in CT has lost benefits under the union. The 50% of the hospital not unionized does better than we do. Every nurse needs to know YOU DO NOT HAVE TO JOIN THE UNION! You may still have to pay dues (a lesser amount) as an agency fee member. Even if your contract states you must join to remain employed it is a false statement meant to intimidate you. For any questions about your legal rights look up the National Right To Work website. As a nurse be sure you feel you can strike if they ask you to do so before you vote yes.

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