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UPDATE | ValleyCare Northside Medical Center locks out some nurses today

Published: Wed, September 25, 2013 @ 10:10 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — ValleyCare Northside Medical Center locked out some of their registered nurses today who engaged in a one-day strike against the hospital Tuesday while others went back to work at 7 a.m.

Those locked out include nurses who were scheduled to work day turn Tuesday but participated in the strike instead.

Nurses who were not scheduled to work during the strike returned to their jobs, said Eric Williams, president of the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association, which represents more than 400 RNs at the hospital.

Hospital officials said the replacement nurses were engaged for a 72-hour period to temporarily fill positions left vacant by nurses scheduled to work during the period of the strike who did not report for duty.

All hospital operations remain open, according to a hospital statement.

For the complete story, read Thursday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


1papa1(711 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

no raise in eight years? yet they'll pay scabs fifty-five dollars an hour? this is the definition of income inequality. for thirty years the upper crust have seen their income skyrocket while the middle class have languished at the bottom on an even line for thirty years. if these predators insist on sending nurses home when things slow down then let them pay supplemental unemployment benefits, (SUB).

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2redeye1(5607 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Papa I agree with most of your post . But it's really cheaper to pay scabs $50.00 an hr without benefits then to pay the regular nurses their pay and benefits . As far as the middle class losing out I agree there , but who's fault is that ? The middle classes that's who for just letting things like this go on without fighting back. When you have people in the populace who are just glad to have a job this is what happens,. i will tell you another reason why the middle class has been so stagnant, In the 70's when women got in the workforce full blast , they were so excited to get jobs that they would work for anything, just to say they had a job. They in turn force the men to accept lower wages in order to keep their jobs. The corporations seen that as there are more people who just want the jobs then there were jobs, .the old supply and demand story How do I know this? While I was in school I had to do a research paper on this very subject.

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3TERRAPINST(320 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

PAPA, the definition of income equality is referred to as socialism. While that may seem like your cup of tea, isn't exactly an effective means of business administration as the extinction of unions is proving. It does work great in Sweden, population 9,555,893. Work wherever you want. Enjoy your beautiful fall day

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4Dagwood(482 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Sadly nurses do not have the leverage they once did 10 years ago. There are way too many nursing mills throughout Ohio pumping out nurses left and right. They have flooded the market therefore lowering the value. Unless you're a highly skilled/high specialty RN you will continue to be replaced by less experienced, minimally qualified, cheaper talent.

The ACA/Obamacare will cheapen the market further. Hospitals will be forced to cut costs, jobs and hours. More temp staff will be utilized. Let me repeat that more temp staff will be utilized. Temps will be used to supplement the remainder of a 29 hour work week. They will be used so insurance will not have to be provided and paid for. No employer penalty for 2014, but that gives employers a full year to restructure and plan for 2015. That plan, to pay as little of the penalty as possible. That CEO who makes 23 mill a year, he's still gonna make his money regardless of strikes, Obama, or the use of temps. The ACA will hit the middle class the hardest, and that means the nurses out there striking.

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5smallbiz(3 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Nurses START out making over $2.00 more per hour than medical residents, also known as Doctors. That is if the residents only work 40 hours per week, their average hourly wage decreases as they work more! You don't see them complaining about a raise, especially after working 60 hours that week and being up for 36 hours straight.

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6walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Do you think learning ends when a person is hired to do a job. The profession of "MD's" has been set up so that physicians can learn while they treat patients under the supervision of senior staff. This is done in countless professions where people are paid to learn. My son gets paid a stipend to do bio-med research at OSU while he works toward a PhD. For the most part, however, residents are worked like dogs and earn every penny they make.

At Northside Hosp., the patient census has been very low recently. I have heard that some senior nurses took a "low census" day Tuesday so they were excused from their normal schedule. I would be interested to know if Eric Williams or other union "officials" did this and don't now have to suffer the consequences of being on strike. He is a weasel so it wouldn't surprise me if he did.

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7rnmanjjj(1 comment)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

these nurses do not even pay health insurance. they are also among the highest paid nurses in the sate of ohio. they are full of crap. nursing now days is an easy way to make money with the least time invested in education, and they think they control healthcare. on top of that, you can walk up the hallways in any hospital and you will find at least a dozen nurses just sitting there and browsing the internet in the middle of the JOB. I hope they get fired. GO CHS!

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8papa1(711 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

terrapinst, I said income INEQUALITY not income EQUALITY. it's obvious that you're a repub. income INEQUALITY means while pay and profits have soared for the upper crust the middle class have not improved for the last thirty years.one reason umemployment is too high is because after the great recession companies cut back on workers and pushed those remaining to pick up the slack, which they did, fearing being let go. so now the greedy pigs figure why bring them back, we'll just crack the whip and keep them working harder, thus, increasing our profits. ya get it, union hater?

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9HOFcity(14 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

@mmanjjj, not all nurses get "free" health insurance, they are not full of "crap". Nursing is not an easy way to make money, they do not think they control health care. I would like to know what hospital you walked the halls and found at least a "dozen" nurses sitting and browsing the internet in the middle of their JOB. BTW, Nursing is not a JOB...it is a profession! Have you been to North ER lately? I suggest that before you say they should "get fired", go and see how poor the staffing is for mostly critical patients. I retired from North Side and believe me when I say that on any given day, our floor was staffed with 2 RN's 2 LPN;s and maybe 1 NA, if she didn't get pulled. So, don't be so quick to give an untrue opinion.

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10smallbiz(3 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Word on the street is Eric Williams did indeed use a personal day the day of the strike. If I was a striking nurse I would be furious that the President of Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association, who helped orchestrate the strike, happened to have paid time off during the strike! And he was probably not even locked out if he didn't miss a scheduled day of work!

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11candystriper(575 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Dagwood has it right. Schools have also pumped out plenty of unemployed Nurse Practitioners in the last decade. If 80% of the patient diagnosis is made on the story the patient gives we just design a app and replace the staff asking the questions.

Remember 1/3 of medicine is fraud...even surgeons are under quotas.

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12Silence_Dogood(1669 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

People can always go to the Cafaro Hospital, right?

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13mouse(112 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Do you think verbally attacking each other is the answer? All you are doing is getting your self all worked up & agitated and accomplishing nothing.
Take the high road & keep your spirits up & don't waste time by responding to idiots!
The best response is a smile & a zipped lip to keep them guessing.....
Remember the last time you were on strike & the cost to the hospital for replacement nurses. Boy, that cost them a pretty penny.....Hang in there & keep smiling....:)

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14papa1(711 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

maybe the next time one of these greedy upper management people are in the hospital clinging to life and looks up to see the person holding his hand and smiling down is a nurse he'll realize this is not a carwash. nursing is a career, not a JOB. don't give up the fight people!!

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15lumper(301 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

all jobs are on the job training in reality, but you would rather have an experienced nurse around than some new "cheaper " grad who can't recognize a crisis, but first has to realize that she has to call someone , relay data, have them tell her it's a crisis and then intervene. good luck. by the way, ever had an inexperienced person draw your blood or start your iv ?

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