For nearly a year now, the nurses have been organizing "to ensure that we have a voice in how we care for our patients," says Scott. She and her colleagues say that nurse-patient ratios have become unsafe, support staff positions have been cut, and the length of time for training and orientation for new nurses has been dramatically reduced. Meanwhile, Holy Cross -- a nonprofit organization -- raked in net profits of $37 million dollars in 2015.
When the nurses started organizing, hospital management hired professional “union busters" and Scott reports that "many of the RNs, including me, have been harassed, intimidated, retaliated against and surveilled while on the job."
The nurses plan to rally with supporters at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring next Monday, February 13th at 9:30 am.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1894, union miners in Cripple Creek, Colorado began what was to become a five-month strike that started when mine owners cut wages to $2.50 a day. The strike ended in victory for the Western Federation of Miners, which went on to organize almost every worker in the Cripple Creek region, including waitresses, laundry workers, bartenders and newsboys.
In 1904, it took over 1,200 firefighters 30 hours to put down The Great Baltimore Fire, which destroyed 1,500 buildings over an area of some 140 acres.
And in 1957, hockey players formed the NHL Players Association in New York City after owners refused to release pension plan financial information. The union was busted when owners transferred key activists, but it successfully re-formed ten years later.
Today’s labor quote is by Davis Hanson Waite, Governor of Colorado from 1893 to 1895.
"I will see that your rights are respected also, if it takes every soldier in the state of Colorado to do it."
After making this promise to striking Cripple Creek miners in 1894, Governor Waite sent in the state militia in support of the strikers, the only time in U.S. history that a militia was directed to side with the workers.
Help keep Union City Radio on the air by pledging at 202-588-9739 or 1-800-222-9739, or you can pledge online at wpfwfm.org. Whatever you give, thank you!
Union City Radio is supported by UnionPlus. UnionPlus is committed to improving the quality of life of working families through their unique products and services. Find out more at unionplus.org.