Duluth Bargaining Update – St. Luke’s (July 21)

22 Jul

Today was our seventh bargaining meeting with management of St. Luke’s hospital. In our meeting today it was made totally clear and the statement was made from management, “The buck stops here.” It stops with management. They did not want to give the rights in our contract that the board of nursing says we already have. We need the ability to say no to an unsafe assignment and if there are no nurses to take an admission safely, for the right in our contract to temporarily close the unit to admissions. We made it clear to management of our needs in our contract for safe patient care.

Pam Hyopponen, RN at the Birthing Center, says: “I just don’t think they get it. They believe the bottom line is management and the buck stops with them. Nurses provide the care and we are the bottom line.”

We absolutely have to be united to get what we need in our contract this time around. Sign up for informational picketing at St. Luke’s from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3rd.

Sign up your fellow nurses on the floor you work on. We need to show management we are absolutely united and serious!

3 Responses to “Duluth Bargaining Update – St. Luke’s (July 21)”

  1. Bunny Engeldorf, RN - United Hospital, MNA Union Steward July 22, 2010 at 10:01 pm #

    Will try and make it up for the afternoon, stand in solidarity to inform the management you are behind your bargaining team and your issues around safe staffing!

  2. RN July 23, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    The ‘buck stops here’. Administration will tell everyone that the nurses just want more money/benefits. Then they use the analogy about money–the almighty buck. What the administration is saying is that safe patient care is just to expensive. They have to keep cutting and being more LEAN. In the long run they are cutting care. Nurses are standing up and telling them you have cut too far and patient safety is being compromised. Count me in for the picket!!!!!!!!!

  3. RN July 29, 2010 at 3:46 am #

    Management says that they worry that nurses will “abuse” the unit closure language, using it in excess and when it’s not warranted. I say hold THOSE nurses accountable and manage it that way rather than have the rest of us suffer with unsafe situations. We will make good decisions. If not, address it formally using the disciplinary process.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s