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Northside Medical Center nurses on picket line

Published: Tue, March 19, 2013 @ 2:33 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Nurses from ValleyCare Northside Medical Center are on the picket line today, saying their are being unfairly treated by the hospital's owner Community Health Systems.

The nurses, represented by the American Federation of Teachers Healthcare union affiliated with the Ohio Nurses Association, had the informational picket as part of a new campaign against Tennessee-based CHS, which also owns two other local hospital and more nationwide.

The union says they have gone without raises for the last seven years and were recently offered a new contract that would include lower wages and decreased benefits.

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1uptowngirl(139 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

More union sheeple. I do not care if CHS is nice to their nurses. Don't like the working conditions find another job--apparently no place treats their nurses better and/or these nurses are not that great because they would not be whining on tv. The issue: Northside Hospital was at one time one of the largest ONA bargaining units and through staff reductions and wage concessions the poor ONA is losing big money. So do you want to go to a hospital that the nurses work for the hospital or would you rather go to the hospital that has nurses working for the union?

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2busyman(239 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Gdog, You got it wrong. I retired from GM union. In the 70 and 80 NS nurses did not support anyone. A good part of the employees drove foriegn cars and said that it would not effect their jobs. It only took 30 years. Now they want the community to support them. I agree with the first comment. The Sunday paper is full of nursing jobs in private care facilities. Oh that is right. No union and they pay less. The work environment does not care if you are happy. You work! They pay! That is the contract. Maybe all of these nurses can go Tweet it, or Facebook it or whatever. Just think of all the jobs they making extinct?

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3lilsis(2 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

to Busyman While you were pushing your broom at GM for 30 years The nurses were busy working saving many lives in the community working mandatory overtime without even having a lunch or a bathroom break. When the bottom fell out of the economy, Uncle Sam stepped in and bailed out GM. But I am sure by that time you were back at home collecting your retirement and healthcare benefits.and probably got your bonus for retiring early. While the entire Forum family nurses aides housekeeping laundry secretaries maintaince dietary pensions all went into bancruptcy. Uncle Sam was no where to be found for a bailout. There are no retiremnt benfits for people working there after forty years of service no health care no pension but yet we all came back to a calling of caring for the poor sick and dying. yes I am a nurse and I love my job please treat me with a little respect. And yes I did Buy a forgein car made in the US of A Because the prior two GM cars were lemons. Hope you have a wonderful day!!!!

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4atownreader(34 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Vindy, who proofreads your copy? THEIR ARE mistakes. CHS does not care about the staff.
They have been grossly overworked since they took over. I know that many non-union people are working 60-70 hours a week, no raises, no vacations because there is no one else to do their jobs. TOTALLY DISGUSTING, CHS!

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