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No new talks are scheduled

Published: Thu, September 12, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

valleycare northside

By William K. Alcorn



Four and one-half hours of negotiations Wednesday between registered nurses at Northside Medical Center and the hospital failed to produce a new work agreement.

There was no official change in ValleyCare Northside’s final offer, and no new talks are scheduled, said Eric Williams, president of the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association, which represents about 420 RNs at the hospital.

Williams would not discuss details of Wednesday’s negotiations, nor would he say whether the union is ready to deliver a 10-day strike notice to ValleyCare.

Trish Hrina, director of ValleyCare and Northside communications and marketing, said the hospital would not comment on the talks.

The YGDNA membership, which has been without a contract since July 19, 2012, on Aug. 2 authorized its bargaining committee to call a strike.

Nurses say their primary concern is about patient care.

They oppose the hospital’s proposal that the YGDNA says includes the ability to send nurses home anytime the patient population drops below a certain level; and would effectively put a “gag order” on nurses and prohibit them from speaking out for patient quality and professional standards, Williams said.

In a previous statement, ValleyCare Northside said there is nothing in its final offer that would prevent nurses from reporting events or issues that impact patient safety and quality of care.

While patient safety is the nurses’ primary concern, Williams said the hospital’s proposal to eliminate the nurses’ salary schedule is unacceptable, especially when RNs at Northside haven’t had a wage increase in eight years. Nurses start at $23.94 an hour. The top wage is $29.88, the YGDNA reported.


1uptowngirl(139 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

If patient care were the concern these nurses would not be in a union. All you need to know is that if a nurse provides substandard care to a patient, the union will fight to save the job of the nurse. There is no outrage about the patient being harmed and no mention of the patient at all. This union wants to set the staffing ratio so the nurses do not work too hard. This time around the are crying about the staffing ratios, the last contract they did not want mandatory overtime. It is a money scam to fill the pockets of the Ohio Nurses' Association. ONA has lost a pant load of money over the years with the closing of Southside and downsizing at Northside. My advice--stay away from any hospital with a unionized nursing staff.

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2uptowngirl(139 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Well, gdog4766--the Union was at The Youngstown Hospital Association and all the other names for Northside and Southside before, after, and in between before this or an other corporation owned the hospital. There is a huge difference between a hospital and a mill/mine or auto plant. One on fifty is such an outrageous statement on your part. Safe staffing ratios must be maintained for accreditation, insurance contracts and to receive payment with federal funds. The ONA is not the source authority for safe staffing ratios.

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