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Nurses picket at Northside



Published: Thu, August 16, 2012 @ 12:06 a.m.

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The contract for nurses at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center on Gypsy Lane in Youngstown expired July 19. The nurses, members of Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association, conducted informational picketing Wednesday. They are not on strike. They claim ValleyCare Health Systems of Ohio hasn’t been negotiating in good faith. They are seeking a pay increase and better staffing.

By William K. Alcorn

alcorn@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Contract negotiations between ValleyCare Northside Medical Center and its registered nurses were to resume today, but scheduled talks for Friday were canceled by ValleyCare Health System of Ohio when nurses started informational picketing.

The nurses, members of the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association, were not scheduled to picket today, said Eric Williams, union president.

The union also distributed informational pamphlets in the community in an effort to make its case with the public and persuade ValleyCare to negotiate in good faith.

The YGDNA membership previously authorized its union’s negotiating team to give a 10-day strike notice to ValleyCare, Northside’s owner. That notice has not been given, Williams said.

Staffing levels and wages are the primary issues along with ValleyCare’s unwillingness to negotiate, Williams added.

Nurses are seeking to put more in their paychecks, and ValleyCare wants to reduce those paychecks despite its parent company, Community Health Systems, based in Tennessee, being very profitable and nurses not receiving a pay raise in six years, Williams said.

The YGDNA represents about 400 registered nurses at Northside, on Gypsy Lane. Their contract expired July 19.


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1southsidedave(4864 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Staffing levels and wages...lucky to have a decent-paying job...be thankful

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2kensgirl(643 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

The last time they picketed in 2001 it was awful. I brought a family memeber to the E.R. and was met by nurses who swore like sailors. Our tires were kicked and someone spit on our car. I know what it's like to work as a nurse and be short staffed and work over so I sympathize with them but please let's act like human beings and not like animals this time.

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3lee(544 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Go ahead and strike Alliance hospital needs customers

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4maxi(74 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Plenty of healthcare in the Valley and beyond for patients to take their business.

Tread carefully nurses. You shouldn't be so confident that you will always have a hospital to work at. A strike could be your nail in the coffin.

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5buniforest(1 comment)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

The Nurses Are Understaffed and have been for over a year! My Father was a patient at Northside Hospital, he fell and hit his head. He was discharged to a Nursing Home later that day during a blinding rain storm. He was in No condition to be discharged. His lab work and Physicians orders were not reviewed before discharge. ( Short staffing creates a margine for Error). He was admitted a day later to another local hospital where he Died a few weeks later. There were very few RNs on his floor at North Side, and the care suffered because of that. Support the RNs and the Health Care in Youngstown because too many RNs are leaving the practice and going to other careers. WHO will take care of You - when you lose the few who are dedicated and who look at Nursing as a Career - Not a Job?

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6lumper(284 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

the parent corporation is making money. obamacare is supposed to make up for nonpaying customers. there will never be a better time to try to get better wages after the union has sold them out the last two contracts. union leadership took care of themselves and the old bats who were next to retirement and got nothing for anyone else. dispanding the union, and not having to give away those union dues would be a decent raise in pay. who cares if there's a two tiered wage system for new hires.

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7endthismess(334 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Leave the NS nurses alone. They are doing the best they can after being sold down the river a few times. Easy to shoot off your mouth till you become a patient...then you"ll get it. These people deserve decent wages, it's only your life in their hands..get it?

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8Landrain(1 comment)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I have a few comments on this...

I have been a patient at Northside about 7 times in the last two years, well over 60 days total.. I was infected by Necrotizing Fascitis (the famous Flesh Eating Disease) while travelling out of the country on work. I have had nothing but the best treatment from the Nurses at Northside. The care and treatment I recieved have been nothing but the best.

That said, while in the hospital, I have noticed that the Nurses have always been extremely busy and have a lot of work that they do. With so many changes in healthcare these days, their responsibilities are great.

I love and I am grateful for my Nurses, sadly so many of them know me by name and on sight.

I support them, and hope they are treated fairly.

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