Workers strike at Appalachian hospitals

Workers strike at Appalachian hospitals

There are 178 comments on the The Herald-Dispatch.com story from Apr 2, 2007, titled Workers strike at Appalachian hospitals. In it, The Herald-Dispatch.com reports that:

“ARH is extremely disappointed with the outcome of the negotiations. We have worked long and hard to present what we believe is a fair, equitable and competitive contract”

HARLAN, Ky. - Union workers at Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospitals are on strike after the healthcare system and United Steelworkers representatives failed to agree on a contract. via The Herald-Dispatch.com

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lisa

United States

#1 Apr 11, 2007
think that everyone should think about the patients. i would question the caring of many after reading comments
Dazed and Confused

Lexington, KY

#2 Apr 11, 2007
lisa wrote:
think that everyone should think about the patients. i would question the caring of many after reading comments
I don't understand how anyone could just walk out on sick and dying patients. A Union definately does not belong in a healthcare environment. I can understand coal mining or factory work, but not healthcare. It takes a special caring person that would not just walk out like you all did. I think most of you should consider a new occupation. From my union experience, and yes I have belonged to four different ones in my life, a lot of you will probably be going back. That's just the way it works.
Misty

AOL

#3 Apr 12, 2007
We do care about our patients but we also have our own children to think about. ARH has given us little choice in the matter and the RN's stayed behind to care for the patients. They were not left to take care of themselves. Until you have taken a walk in our shoes, you have no right to criticize.
ra6ko

Sofia, Bulgaria

#4 Sep 27, 2007
iskam kontra sraik
Mike ky

Jackson, KY

#5 Sep 30, 2007
First of all you silly unknowing people there are nurses still there at ARH just the RN 's are being screwed out of their rights so the most of you who have no jobs shut your mouths . WE SUPPORT OUR NURSES STAY STRONG

Since: Oct 07

Hurricane, WV

#6 Oct 1, 2007
Mike, what "rights" are the RN's being screwed out of?
Mike ky

Jackson, KY

#7 Oct 1, 2007
This goes for anybody that don't support our nurses .Tell me where you work what your name is and I will call your employer and tell them to give you less than you make now with less sick time and vacation time goes for your sick days well the first 2 times then you get a sick day and for those who draw checks and don't work then shut up and let our RN's pay the taxes in to keep you in money. WE SUPPORT OUR NURSES STAY STRONG

Since: Oct 07

Hurricane, WV

#8 Oct 1, 2007
I don't support anybody who walks out on their job and leaves sick people behind.

Sounds to me like the union had every intention of striking no matter what contract was presented to them.
mike ky

Macon, GA

#9 Oct 1, 2007
your a silly sounding person like I said you know nothing of the facts just a mouth runner thats all I look over silly people sorry your in such bad shape where you would work people for nothing the RN's have not went on stike in over 30 years so that shows that they are not offering nothing to them and the sick never was left alone replacement workers were there so now you know

Since: Oct 07

Hurricane, WV

#10 Oct 1, 2007
You are calling me a "silly sounding person", yet I can not comprehend a single thing you just wrote.

Until you or someone else can present the issues with the contract that the RNs are opposed to, I will stand by my opinion that this strike is unnecessary. I have read the contract posted online and do not see anything unreasonable with it.
boogs

Ypsilanti, MI

#11 Oct 2, 2007
mtneer wrote:
You are calling me a "silly sounding person", yet I can not comprehend a single thing you just wrote.
Until you or someone else can present the issues with the contract that the RNs are opposed to, I will stand by my opinion that this strike is unnecessary. I have read the contract posted online and do not see anything unreasonable with it.
I read it also. I have mixed emotion's on the matter, but leaning towards unnecessary.

My main concern is the patience in hospital and chronic patience who come into the clinic.

Since: Oct 07

Hurricane, WV

#12 Oct 2, 2007
I agree boogs.

"State and local union officials say concerns about patient safety — not money — prompted members to reject a contract proposal from Appalachian Regional Healthcare and walk off the job." - http://www.register-herald.com/local/local_st...

Isn't going on strike and walking out on the patients completely going against this? Walking out on your job and leaving sick patients in the hospital and not being there for new ones is completely putting patient safety at risk. The statement that they are concerned for patients is B.S. in my opinion. If they were concerned, they wouldn't be going on strike and walking out on their jobs.
helping hand

Macon, GA

#13 Oct 2, 2007
some of you people seem to have your heads screwed on wrong those nurses were forced to do what they did that contract gives a .20 cent raise if any nurse more than 9 days ayear they can be fired the ceo's at any time make them supervisors and fire them the next day some of you seem to have your heads onthe wrong ends some single nurses take of 20 patients at a time i feel sorry for the sick there are other hospitals besides that one if it wasn't for the unions this country would be like 3rd world countries most of you draw big checks because of union people perserving to receive a fair wage before you condemn clean around your own house

Since: Oct 07

Hurricane, WV

#14 Oct 3, 2007
First you do not honestly believe the contract is giving them a 20 CENT raise, do you?

The pay and benefit costs were the first reason for the strike, and now that they hear ARH is hiring replacement workers they are changing their tune. I wonder why? Maybe because if the strike is determined to be primarily based on economical reasons, ARH can hire replacement workers and never have to call back the ones that walked out.

First, I do not believe unions have any place in health care. If they are in health care though, there should be stipulations that prohibit work stoppage due to a strike. Between this and the strike from earlier in the year, patient care has been the furthest thing from anybody's mind.

Don't RN's take an oath when they graduate? I am not sure what it exactly contains, but I am sure walking out on patients for your own selfish reasons would go against it!
boogs

United States

#15 Oct 4, 2007
helping hand wrote:
some of you people seem to have your heads screwed on wrong those nurses were forced to do what they did that contract gives a .20 cent raise if any nurse more than 9 days ayear they can be fired the ceo's at any time make them supervisors and fire them the next day some of you seem to have your heads onthe wrong ends some single nurses take of 20 patients at a time i feel sorry for the sick there are other hospitals besides that one if it wasn't for the unions this country would be like 3rd world countries most of you draw big checks because of union people perserving to receive a fair wage before you condemn clean around your own house
What boat did you jump from? 3rd world country? a little extreme on comparison aren't you?

I have no qualms with unions what so ever, unless innocent lifes are at risk due to misconceptions and/or misuse of being a member. Nurses walking out on critically ill patients ranging in age from a few hours to 95 is in my opinion sinful. Unfortunately in today's "me, me society" it's all about the money and has little to do with the human beings these nurses took an oath to always put first........

Go suck an egg you need the protien to encourage brain cell function.
linda

Humble, TX

#16 Oct 11, 2007
boogs wrote:
<quoted text>
What boat did you jump from? 3rd world country? a little extreme on comparison aren't you?
I have no qualms with unions what so ever, unless innocent lifes are at risk due to misconceptions and/or misuse of being a member. Nurses walking out on critically ill patients ranging in age from a few hours to 95 is in my opinion sinful. Unfortunately in today's "me, me society" it's all about the money and has little to do with the human beings these nurses took an oath to always put first........
Go suck an egg you need the protien to encourage brain cell function.
Hey guys, can't we get along???? First off I'm an RN here at arh...I promise you all that we did not desert our patients, This was a very difficult decision for all of us. and this is the very first time the RNs have had to strike.. We have always been able to talk to ARH, we've even worked under an extension at least once in my 15 years, I for one truly believe Jerry Haynes CEO of ARH for 2+ years wants to run any kind of union off, I don't pretend to know why...I'm just a nurse, who has a family to raise, and a home to pay for, Jerry would rather pay a replacement nurse, or what they really are SCAB $60.00+, along with a full compliment of security guards, who get pain $40.00 per hour to stand out and keep the hospital safe from maybe 10 nurses (females) a shift and take pictures and listen in on conversations and YES they are taking your pictures too, and getting license numbers, FYI at s. williamson arh they put in 5 new security cameras, just to watch us..A great way to spend money homeland security gives you...When we are working we don't even have security guards until after 5 pm...Thats how an ER nurse got a broken arm, and messed up knee..... I know we can be alittle bossy but I haven't beaten any body up since I was 6 yrs old....HA HA!!!! We are on Strike because e\theis hospital that was built by UMWA was sold to ARH with the stipulation that if every sold it would be sold as a union hospital, and because our senority has been taken away...we were offered a raise, along with an increase on our insurance (double) and an increase in disability (double) all in all no raise. I'll not pretend that a raise wouldn't be a good thing, but this contract would have passed without it. We have nurses that have been here for 30 yrs...This is our home, we have always been proud to work here at ARH, We have always been treated fairly and we have always set the standard for other hospitals in this area...But since Jerry has been CEO of ARH we have become the laughing stock of hospitals and the community....Don't be angry with the RNs in your community, be angry with an unreasonable man in Lexington with 2 horse farms, and a salary of $750,000.00 per year.....anyway thanks for listening. Support you LOCAL RN's....
union busting

Humble, TX

#17 Oct 16, 2007
FYI....ARH has hired Brent Yessin and Associates to try and break the unions. Yessin has fought against unions at several hospitals in New York, New Jersey, California, Los vegas Nevada and I don't know how many other hospitals....Look him up on the web.....I for one don't like being threatened by yessin, jerry haynes or arh....and some more fyi My patients safety is important to me and the other rns, this strike in NON-economical its about patient safetiy...at s williamson we were already at least 8 nurses short, don't forget to smile when you come to arh your being filmed and cataloged!!!!!

“Welcome to the Machine.”

Since: Sep 07

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#18 Oct 17, 2007
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Blanna

Deerfield, IL

#19 Oct 19, 2007
I think its a shame that the Union Rn NURSES WOULD cross the picket line when their union sis and bro`s are standing outside trying to get better working conditions, etc.
for the shame of it.. Some of the names I saw on the wall of shame really surprised me..I couldnt believe they would cross the picket line..IS there no backbone left in these people in Harlan Co.
TO some folks its just a job to make more money.
They do not care !
Without the union to back them , they could be here today and gone tomorrow... Get a life AND support the Union...
helping hand

Macon, GA

#20 Oct 19, 2007
First of all dummy $25.00 hour X 2% = 50 cents mtneer

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