Northside Nurses Overwhelmingly Authorize Another Strike

           Northside Nurses Overwhelmingly Authorize Another Strike

PR Newswire

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, Oct. 3, 2013

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eight days after
their successful one-day, unfair labor practice strike, nurses at Northside
Medical Center have voted overwhelmingly to authorize another work stoppage.

Members of the Youngstown General DutyNurses Association who voted Wednesday
approved authorizing a strike by a near unanimous margin. The vote does not
mean the nurses will strike, only that members are giving their bargaining
team authority to issue a strike notice.

"This is a powerful statement by our members," said YGDNA President Eric
Williams. "We have said from the beginning that no one wants to strike, but we
will do whatever it takes to stand up for our patients and for quality care at
Northside. We will not be bullied, and the Youngstown community will not be
bullied."

After the one-day strike on Sept. 24, the for-profit corporate owner of the
hospital, Community Health Systems Inc., continued to try to bully and
intimidate nurses by locking them out when they tried to return to work to
care for their patients. The tactics failed to intimidate the nurses, who
together triumphantly returned to work Monday.

"The real issue at this point is that management will not get back to the
bargaining table to even try to resolve the issues that separate us," said
Kelly Trautner, deputy executive officer for the Ohio Nurses Association, the
official bargaining agent for the Northside nurses.

"Our support from the community has been tremendous," Trautner added. "Almost
every elected official in the region, as well as clergy and other community
leaders, has urged CHS to sit down with us and reach a fair and equitable
agreement."

Members of YGDNA have been working without a contract for 15 months. The
nurses have been concerned about proposals from the Tennessee-based owner that
could affect quality patient care. Those include a proposal to ration nurses
by sending them home when patient admissions fluctuate, and a proposal that
would undermine nurses' ability to speak out about patient safety and quality
care issues.

SOURCE Ohio Nurses Association
 
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