Union: No progress resolving Philly nurses strike

A striking nurses union reports no progress in contract talks at one of Philadelphia's biggest hospitals. Full Story
TempleNurseSafet y First

Levittown, PA

#1 Apr 8, 2010
I am one of the Staff members who has been working in the hospital since the strike began. I have many concerns about the striking staff members and there possible return to Temple.
1. These employees abandoned their patients for a financial gain. In these economically difficult times, these employees are fortunate to have a job, let alone the high pay offered by Temple.
2. The temporary workers came to Temple and have made the hospital not only safe but a pleasant environment both for the patients, families, visitors and coworkers. I walk from unit to unit and see smiling faces; people grateful to be helping patients and literally saving the hospital. I as a permanent employee thank them everyday. They are the saviors and in no way the "scabs" which are the vile words coming out of the mouths of the picketers. How could anyone fault those that chose to leave their families for the length of a stike to provide "Very Safe Care" to the patients of Temple Hospital.
4. I watch the picketers yelling and screaming words that mean nothing. Most of them do not know what offers the Union has turned down. A nurse goes into the Profession for helping patients not the money. Anyone that has forgotten that should leave the provession and find work elsewhere.
I think that I have said enough. I hope the employees that are so angry need to leave Temple and find what the job that offers everything they are looking for. I am so happy each day when I leave work knowing the patients are cared for and safe. That is why I am a Temple Nurse.
Gee

Zacata, VA

#2 Apr 8, 2010
I would say let the original workers stay on strike. They gave up their right to work. This will only create more jobs for people who truly want/need to work.
M ee

Riverside, NJ

#3 Apr 10, 2010
I would say that the nurse in post num ber one is full of it...I now of at least two units where scabs have been thrown out by managers because they are incompetent, the docs desperately want their highly skilled nurses back and have said so....at least one patient was killed in one of these units by a mistake because the nurse assigned there simply had no expertise in that area of nursing, the hospital is running at maybe half full.
To address each of your points:
1. The fact that in these times, these people felt the need to strike should demonstrate to a thinking person that there are serious problems inside.(BTW...are you a nurse administrator or manager or scab or just a plant??)
2. These replacement workers are complaining publicly on message boards, they cannot stand it. They are working 12 or more hours day in and day out, safety becomes an issue with overtime ...Temple itself has participated in these studies...REAL nurses know that this is unsafe staffing and it is irresponsible of the hospital to allow it to ocntinue. BTW google a bit patients do not find comments like "who cares I am out of here soon" comforting.
3. O wait there is no # 3 in your post....hope you never have to give me or my family medicines..
4. I hope your inept and uninformed carcass leaves Temple (BTW I do not work there at all, but I do have family that use the hospital regularly) The hospital mailed the contract to every nurse and professional that is walking that line...assuming they can read and count better than you they know exactly what has been turned down and they are smart enough to know why!! Now get back to being overworked because if you are working in Temple right now, like you claim, by all accounts made by replacement workers, managers still inside etc...oyu are way too busy to be here.
Patients _ First

Washington, DC

#4 Apr 10, 2010
I would love to see a story on the patients view of things. Perhaps the York Daily Record can do a story like that.
Jessica

Mount Holly, NC

#5 Apr 11, 2010
TempleNurseSafety First wrote:
I am one of the Staff members who has been working in the hospital since the strike began. I have many concerns about the striking staff members and there possible return to Temple.
1. These employees abandoned their patients for a financial gain. In these economically difficult times, these employees are fortunate to have a job, let alone the high pay offered by Temple.
2. The temporary workers came to Temple and have made the hospital not only safe but a pleasant environment both for the patients, families, visitors and coworkers. I walk from unit to unit and see smiling faces; people grateful to be helping patients and literally saving the hospital. I as a permanent employee thank them everyday. They are the saviors and in no way the "scabs" which are the vile words coming out of the mouths of the picketers. How could anyone fault those that chose to leave their families for the length of a stike to provide "Very Safe Care" to the patients of Temple Hospital.
4. I watch the picketers yelling and screaming words that mean nothing. Most of them do not know what offers the Union has turned down. A nurse goes into the Profession for helping patients not the money. Anyone that has forgotten that should leave the provession and find work elsewhere.
I think that I have said enough. I hope the employees that are so angry need to leave Temple and find what the job that offers everything they are looking for. I am so happy each day when I leave work knowing the patients are cared for and safe. That is why I am a Temple Nurse.
Ha! First off its too bad nurse's have to strike to begin with or even be unionized. As I am against unions but if that is the only way for higher wages then the employer deserves what they get. But If nurse's don't stick together then wages will stay low. I too am a nurse and believe me years ago nursing really paid terrible wages. Too a long time for those wages to increase. Talk about discrimination...it existed in nursing greatly. The nurses did not abandon their patients...the hospital did. I hate that story they lay on nurses to make them feel guilty and accept low wages.
ccrn

Philadelphia, PA

#6 Apr 14, 2010
@ #1 Did you read the contract that was turned down. Lost vacation days, triple insurance premiums, cut in call pay, cut in weekend differential, all cuts nothing would be gained in that contract. I did become a nurse because I care for people. But lets all be honest we work so we have money to live a good life. I went to school and educated myself so I would never be in a position to have to worry if I can afford health insurance or rent or a car payment. The current administration is trying to strip the nurses dignity. If you want to go along with all the cuts that the administration is proposing than thats wonderful cause they will be coming around trust me.
Nothing much changes

York, PA

#7 Apr 14, 2010
At least this strike takes the heat off the teachers for an HOUR or TWO.
SCGAL

Murrells Inlet, SC

#8 Sep 18, 2012
I have been a nurse for + 20 years (ICU for 15 and ER for he rest)Yes, I'm grateful to have a job, but lets face it we have to earn a living too. I'm dedicated to my profession. When I'm at work, I truely work and lets face it without much respect more often than not. I work thr gravyard shift and I have and I am seeing cuts ( vacation time,holidays,weekend diffs, while the CEO continues to make 700K + yearly) We as nurses need to stick together for our rights (what little we have left)The decline in the economy is very bad, but I think it is just another way for hospitals to have a" excuse "to cut our benefits and continually throw it in our faces that " you are lucky to have a job" Where else can one get puked,pooped,spit on and rediculed by the very ones we are there to care for and at the same time not being able to truely fefend ourselves for "fear" of getting fired. I think everyone should take a turn at this kind of abuse and see how it feels when the "shoe is on the other foot". The ER I work in a fairly busy ER, but we are now bogged down with our own little "pshy" unit to care for for days on end. I don't blame the nurses for " striking". Atleast they are standing together more than I can say for most of us who bitch but never do anything about it.

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