Do Twin Cities hospitals want a nurse strike?

  • Article by: CHEN MAY YEE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 1, 2010 - 7:32 AM

14 Twin Cities hospitals admit a strike would be costly but say the demands of 12,000 nurses would cost even more.

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gordylJun. 30, 10 9:54 PM

Nicely done

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geckojayJun. 30, 10 9:54 PM

indeed.

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dan890062Jun. 30, 1010:04 PM

I can guarantee one thing; If nursing staffing ratios are increased, it will not improve patient care one bit. It will only increase the number of nurses standing around the nursing station complaining about their job.

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cjuiceJun. 30, 1010:09 PM

Stephen Hemsley ,UnitedHealth Group 2009 total compensation 101,959,866. yes people that's 101 Million for 1yrs pay.and the hospitals cant afford the nurses contract. BS. and Cut managements pay first then down the chain. yes maybe no raises, but patient to nurses ratio and them being able to call you 15 times a yr to mandate you to stay home with out pay, what a joke. thats just a nice way of giving a pay cut. 50 weeks a yr instead of 52.

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dachieftanJun. 30, 1010:09 PM

could someone tell me what the formal staffing ratio that the MNA is asking? I wouldn't want to be 1 of 20 patients that a nurse is responsible nor would I expect my own personal nurse. I would think they something reasonable could be agreed upon by both sides in this matter.

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guffmanJun. 30, 1010:24 PM

Your job, as a nurse, is to care for me independent of my thoughts on any subject, my race, creed or color. You are an impartial care provider whose JOB it is to do so. By approving a strike on these false grounds you uncover your true motives - money for yourselves and additional power for your unions. Shame on you. If you don't like your job, get another. To strike means that you put the care of the very patients you claim to support at risk. That is not following the oath..."first, do no harm..." Shame on you.

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hfnorthJun. 30, 1010:24 PM

You are confusing a health insurance company with a hospitals and their employees. Stephen Hemsley is not the CEO of a hospital; he is the CEO of an insurance company. You're mixing apples and lizards.

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teddygJun. 30, 1010:32 PM

There's a term in psychology called the 'Road to Abilene', where everybody in a car agreed on a trip to that stockyard-infested city, although no one really wanted to go there. All were afraid to disagree. Well, the nurses are about to head down that road. Many don't want the strike, but they don't feel it's their place to disagree. Its too bad because they stand more to lose than the hospitals long-term.

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questionerJun. 30, 1010:34 PM

Agree with hfnorth's response to your post. Additionally, at my hospital (a union hospital which will likely suffer from the upcoming strike), every single employee- management, physicians, janitors, and "down the chain has taken a pay cut and/or been subjected to layoffs among their ranks EXCEPT the union nurses.

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runtoworkJun. 30, 1010:34 PM

Considering that their "offer" to the MNA was only good for an hour, and involved a lot of things that actually needed to be discussed by the negotiating team, yeah, I would say they want a strike. The hospitals are doing everything the youtube unionbusting101 video says to do...

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