Saturday, March 04, 2006

Cook Co. Nurses Set to Strike

I think this is the first time they're bargaining since they switched from the Illinois Nurses Association to the National Nurses Organizing Committee.

I know it sounds weird to hear that nurses would strike over something like staffing levels (as opposed to just pay and benefits), but these kinds of issue that affect the public that the strikers serve as well as the strikers themselves are quite common. Nurses are affected as workers by not having enough coverage on their floors, having to run around to increasing numbers of patients, and a general feeling that they're being overwhelmed. I don't probably need to tell you how this affects the people using the hospital's services.

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