Workers at 8 Twin Cities hospitals take strike vote

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 14, 2012 - 7:14 PM

Members of support-staff union are voting on a 2- to 5-day job action as contract negotiations are set to resume

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mouthwashMay. 14, 12 1:21 PM

Many jobless people are willing to do this kind of work these days in that they have heard that healthcare is one of the few fields that is growing. Therefore, these strikers should be careful that they will simply be let go, and the hospitals will hire newcomers for less money.

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notsidMay. 14, 12 1:55 PM

That is how the process works with collective bargaining, that is, letting the two sides work it our as they are the only parties who really know what the issues in contention are. They take a risk by striking and know it, of course, but if they feel strongly enough about the matter to do so, more power to them. The process must be allowed to play out as the two sides try to find a way to come to agreement on the major issues in play...no matter what anyone not directly involved may think. That is their business and not that of any of the rest of us especially those uncomfortable with the idea of a strike and/or without the cajones necessary to do it themselves...more likely the latter in most cases, I think.

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muskiedogMay. 14, 12 2:15 PM

So what was the offer? and did they need an ID to vote?

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albetvillaogMay. 14, 12 2:24 PM

SEIU union thugs for open borders and importing as much cheap foreign labor as possible to build their power at the expense all.

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banbigotsMay. 14, 12 2:33 PM

mouthwash: I'm sure you'd be willing to work for the pittance these support workers are paid. just think, you'd get to empty bedpans, clean toilets and other such envigorating tasks.

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mnfishMay. 14, 12 2:37 PM

Nursing assistants and food service workers are a dime a dozen. If you're not happy with the benefits and salary being offered for entry level, low skill jobs within the health system....go back to school, or change jobs.

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jullmerMay. 14, 12 2:38 PM

I don't work in healthcare in any way but if the workers go on strike I will join them on the picket line in support. Its sad workers have to strike to protect their rights while the CEO's take home millions a year.

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rose0363May. 14, 12 3:34 PM

Maybe these workers should look for a better union than the SEIU to represent them. The SEIU is known for its support of ILLEGAL immigration and for gauging its members in union dues and lax representation.

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wildfoxMay. 14, 12 4:40 PM

Not a good time to strike. Look what happened to the workers at Crystal Sugar, it can happen to you too.

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JP55901May. 14, 12 4:48 PM

mnfish: What type of work do you do?

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