Chambersburg Hospital workers vote to...

Chambersburg Hospital workers vote to allow a strike on July 17

There are 292 comments on the Public Opinion story from Jul 1, 2008, titled Chambersburg Hospital workers vote to allow a strike on July 17. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

Chambersburg Hospital employees might go on strike July 17. They plan to present their employer with a strike notice today, a result of Tuesday's vote of union members.

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sanchez the mighty

Levittown, PA

#1 Jul 2, 2008
i glad im not scheduled for surgeries who knows what kinda care i get if all good employees not there shame on hospital oh i know i have cousin who work there cheap he experiance too he removed splinter once from my sister hand
wildone

Jenkintown, PA

#2 Jul 2, 2008
Way to go UNION MEMBERS fight for what is right.Norman said those closet to retirement would not see a change in their retirement, losing 20% is a BIG change.The hospital better wake up if they want to continue with GREAT health care.
Tired

Wilmington, DE

#3 Jul 2, 2008
I have no sympathy for hospital workers. All disciplines are paid higher rates than at their local competitors and I believe they are also the only local health care provider with a defined benefit pension plan. My health insurance rates pay for their greed.
concerned

Shippensburg, PA

#5 Jul 2, 2008
Don't DEGRADE the health care workers on here. If you are injured or ill, are you going to ask the hospital for a lower co-pay because you can't afford it? Okay, I've read it all. I just wonder if the community knows that they are reading "opinions" here. Nothing more. Nothing less. Our C-burg hospital is suppose to be NON-Profit but, happened to profit over 14 mil last year.(?) Also, if you worked in the hospital and put in all the hours required of those healthcare workers, I don't think you would think, for a moment, that a person could quit today and that vacant opening be filled tomorrow... it takes quite a bit of time and money for the education and experience to work in the health care field. In MY opinion, these people are our care providers. We should be grateful for their kind, caring and hard work that they put forth. It makes me sad to think that if I need a quality hospital with quality health care workers... I will need to go else where because I can not stand back and support what our community hospital is doing to our already over worked and underpaid employees that only want what was promised to them IN WRITING in other years. How can they think about taking away something that was promised as a way to retain their employees when they were hired? Yes, I saw that awful ad, as well... FULL PAGE! I didn't see the employees' represented; only the hospital advertising "their side".. rumors... honestly.. were the hospital employees ALL lying?? The union doesn't represent liars... but again, overall, just another opinion. I hope all goes well for these employees and their families.. I for one have been grateful for the service they have provided to myself, my family and my friends in the community. I only saw HEALTH CARE employees taking care of me.. no one in a business suit would even THINK about coming into my hospital room to care for me like those people with their hearts worn on their sleeves did. I say BRAVO! I put my life in their hands; NOT the managers and the pencil puchers. One last thing, I would like to say THANK YOU to all the employees that read this for all that you have done with your careers and all that you will do in the future. I believe that these people have every right to ask for what they deserve and were promised when they started to work there... even if it has been 1 year or 20 years. THEY have been there for our needs through it all....
Laughing at Sanchez

Johnson City, TN

#6 Jul 2, 2008
That last comment cracks me up !!!!!

I find it hard to believe that Chambersburg Hospital has a problem with Retaining. Maybe the shortage of healthcare workers would be the problem. Chambersburg hospital has the highest wages in the Tristate area for healthcare. Most local hospitals loose their employees to Chambersburg because of their benefits and wages. Do some research and find out what benefits and wages Hagerstown,Fulton,Carlisle and Hanover have.
17225mmm

Chambersburg, PA

#7 Jul 2, 2008
Hospitals workers have no idea how good they have it. God forbid they have to contribute to their own retirement. How many employers even have a retirement plan? How many employers are willing to match.

Not everything is being told either.
There is also a grandfather clause for some categories of workers.

Greed will get you no way. Ask other major companies who have had unions represent them.
Laughing at Sanchez

Johnson City, TN

#8 Jul 2, 2008
I do want to add to my comment that I know Chambersburg Employees work hard!!! They are mandated to work overtime year around. Doesn't matter if they have a child at a chorus concert or the last ball game of the year. They work long hard hours and do a good job taking care of our community.
one of many

Bloomington, IN

#9 Jul 2, 2008
concerned wrote:
Don't DEGRADE the health care workers on here. If you are injured or ill, are you going to ask the hospital for a lower co-pay because you can't afford it? Okay, I've read it all. I just wonder if the community knows that they are reading "opinions" here. Nothing more. Nothing less. Our C-burg hospital is suppose to be NON-Profit but, happened to profit over 14 mil last year.(?) Also, if you worked in the hospital and put in all the hours required of those healthcare workers, I don't think you would think, for a moment, that a person could quit today and that vacant opening be filled tomorrow... it takes quite a bit of time and money for the education and experience to work in the health care field. In MY opinion, these people are our care providers. We should be grateful for their kind, caring and hard work that they put forth. It makes me sad to think that if I need a quality hospital with quality health care workers... I will need to go else where because I can not stand back and support what our community hospital is doing to our already over worked and underpaid employees that only want what was promised to them IN WRITING in other years. How can they think about taking away something that was promised as a way to retain their employees when they were hired? Yes, I saw that awful ad, as well... FULL PAGE! I didn't see the employees' represented; only the hospital advertising "their side".. rumors... honestly.. were the hospital employees ALL lying?? The union doesn't represent liars... but again, overall, just another opinion. I hope all goes well for these employees and their families.. I for one have been grateful for the service they have provided to myself, my family and my friends in the community. I only saw HEALTH CARE employees taking care of me.. no one in a business suit would even THINK about coming into my hospital room to care for me like those people with their hearts worn on their sleeves did. I say BRAVO! I put my life in their hands; NOT the managers and the pencil puchers. One last thing, I would like to say THANK YOU to all the employees that read this for all that you have done with your careers and all that you will do in the future. I believe that these people have every right to ask for what they deserve and were promised when they started to work there... even if it has been 1 year or 20 years. THEY have been there for our needs through it all....
Thank-you!
Get a Life

Wilmington, DE

#10 Jul 2, 2008
My employer offers no health insurance, no retirement and no sick time. I get paid well, but I must agree with others on this board - there is no reason to complain. That said, I appreciate all hospital employee efforts when I require medical attention.
Hopeful

Gettysburg, PA

#11 Jul 2, 2008
Why is it health workers get support for pay increases but educators do not. Their salaries come from your pay. I do agree, though, they deserve an increase just as educators do.
family

Gettysburg, PA

#12 Jul 2, 2008
my mother has worked at the hospital for 27 years and she works hard!! she raised 2 children on her own and went to work every day. she deserves to have her pension paid for by her employer. just like everyone else who has put so many years in at the hospital. i pay for half of my health insurance and have no retirement either but that doesn't make it right for me to say these employees should pay for their pension. i bet 10 to 1 if who doesn't agree with this problem the hospital is having you would change your mind if you were employed by the hospital you most likely would want the hospital to pay for your pension. try putting yourself in their shoes!!!!!!!
health care professional

Middleburg, FL

#13 Jul 2, 2008
concerned wrote:
Don't DEGRADE the health care workers on here. If you are injured or ill, are you going to ask the hospital for a lower co-pay because you can't afford it? Okay, I've read it all. I just wonder if the community knows that they are reading "opinions" here. Nothing more. Nothing less. Our C-burg hospital is suppose to be NON-Profit but, happened to profit over 14 mil last year.(?) Also, if you worked in the hospital and put in all the hours required of those healthcare workers, I don't think you would think, for a moment, that a person could quit today and that vacant opening be filled tomorrow... it takes quite a bit of time and money for the education and experience to work in the health care field. In MY opinion, these people are our care providers. We should be grateful for their kind, caring and hard work that they put forth. It makes me sad to think that if I need a quality hospital with quality health care workers... I will need to go else where because I can not stand back and support what our community hospital is doing to our already over worked and underpaid employees that only want what was promised to them IN WRITING in other years. How can they think about taking away something that was promised as a way to retain their employees when they were hired? Yes, I saw that awful ad, as well... FULL PAGE! I didn't see the employees' represented; only the hospital advertising "their side".. rumors... honestly.. were the hospital employees ALL lying?? The union doesn't represent liars... but again, overall, just another opinion. I hope all goes well for these employees and their families.. I for one have been grateful for the service they have provided to myself, my family and my friends in the community. I only saw HEALTH CARE employees taking care of me.. no one in a business suit would even THINK about coming into my hospital room to care for me like those people with their hearts worn on their sleeves did. I say BRAVO! I put my life in their hands; NOT the managers and the pencil puchers. One last thing, I would like to say THANK YOU to all the employees that read this for all that you have done with your careers and all that you will do in the future. I believe that these people have every right to ask for what they deserve and were promised when they started to work there... even if it has been 1 year or 20 years. THEY have been there for our needs through it all....
to concerned: thank you for your kind words and
recognition for all of us here who do work very hard
to provide QUALITY care. We have spent years on
our educations, and spent much time away from our own
families. The vast majority of us do this from a
very deep part of our hearts, we just care.
We are here for all of you, please support us.
They want it all

Newville, PA

#14 Jul 2, 2008
As I have always said, If you are unhappy with your job (pay, beneifts etc) move one, find another job. Nobody owes you a thing, so get over it. Unions are becoming a thing of the past and should go away
health care professional

Middleburg, FL

#15 Jul 2, 2008
Tired wrote:
I have no sympathy for hospital workers. All disciplines are paid higher rates than at their local competitors and I believe they are also the only local health care provider with a defined benefit pension plan. My health insurance rates pay for their greed.
dear tired,
GREED??????????
The ignorance is astounding!
show me the money

Gardners, PA

#16 Jul 2, 2008
I will gladly leave my job in Hagerstown if Chambersburg Hospital is hiring full time the day of the strike. Pay me the same wages and health care. There are plenty of us driving up there now for PRN and would gladly make a full time committment. Twenty years from now any pension would be non-existant and the Chambersburg Hospital will have been long sold and moved on. You don't think Hersey or Ohio is not courting them now?
Andy

Harrisburg, PA

#17 Jul 2, 2008
My favorite thing is the candlelight vigil held at the courthouse last week for support in their fight for their benefits. This cracked me up a lot as I drove past it.
A strike is an ugly thing

South Plainfield, NJ

#18 Jul 2, 2008
Sounds like a lot of miss information to me. The union is saying one thing and the hospital saying another. If I were one of the workers, I would try to get as much information from both sides and then some more, before I make up my mind to go on strike. Strikes never resolve anything. Both sides lose.
The system

South Plainfield, NJ

#19 Jul 2, 2008
Hopeful wrote:
Why is it health workers get support for pay increases but educators do not. Their salaries come from your pay. I do agree, though, they deserve an increase just as educators do.
Maybe because educators can retire at 100% of their salary, paid for by the tax payers (Hey, how many are retiring all at once this year? Maybe because while some students receive quality educations, most seem to graduate with a grasp of the English language below that of people who speak it as a second language. However, my guess is that it's because some every year district's teachers are threatening to strike & are in every newspaper and on every channel. After a while it just looks like whining.
FactsNotFiction

South Plainfield, NJ

#20 Jul 2, 2008
ďOne of manyĒ is really dreaming. Over worked and under paid. I saw the ad last week. The workers earn from $24,000 to $104,000 plus fully paid benefits for most works. I donít think thatís under paid at all. I didnít see the union try to deny what was in the ad either. I highly doubt the hospital would chance printing information that wasnít true or could be proved wrong. Wake up Chambersburg employees or you will wind up like GM, Ford and other companies with lay-offs, no benefits and looking for work.
Andy

Harrisburg, PA

#21 Jul 2, 2008
Heaven forbid , someone actually has to contribute to a retirement plan, much like the rest of the working world. Lets go on strike and show our greed when we are well paid individuals.

Instead of striking due to long hours, mandatory overtime, low pay, the one issue is a retirement plan that is still better than the vast majority of the rest of America who either have a 401K plan or nothing at all.

And they want us to feel sorry for them when the public no longer has medical coverage in the community simply because of a retirement plan that is still better than the vast majority of the working population of America?

Healthcare workers are hard workers, but so are laborers, construction workers, IT people, highway workers, gas station attendants, and the vast majority of Americans but they are lucky to have a retirement plan and if they have one, it is usually a 401K plan.

And you don't want us to call it greed when you are striking for this one thing? What would you call it then?

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