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Ill-advised nurse strike

Robert A. Manfredi Montville

Publication: The Day

Published 12/18/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 12/17/2013 04:33 PM

To justify a strike called by a union, it must win something positive for its members or look foolish for doing so. In the case of the Lawrence + Memorial Hospital strike, it is not for some real benefit such as a salary increase, pension plan improvement, health benefit, etc., but a challenge to a management personnel policy at non-union facilities. This seems to me to be a poor reason to strike, especially during this holiday season, which is no doubt causing hardship for its members.

It is my belief that once any union has won the real benefits its members want to justify the dues they receive, it must attack every management decision made to impress its membership or close down.

This could be what is happening at L+M Hospital.

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