Nurses strike begins at Hasbro, RI Hospitals; some medical services diverted

GOES TO TRIAL. (MM) BUT FIRST– WE’RE WORKING THE LATEST ON THE NURSES STRIKE AT RHODE ISLAND AND HASBRO CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS. TAKING A LIVE LOOK AT RHODE ISLAND HOSPITAL– WHERE —-THE HOURS LONG PICKET LINES ARE WRAPPING UP FOR THE DAY– SCHEDULED TO END AT ELEVEN O’CLOCK BRINGING THE FIRST DAY OF THE STRIKE TO A CLOSE. GOOD EVENING– I’M MIKE MONTECALVO. (HE) AND I’M SHANNON HEGY. THOUSANDS OF NURSES BEGAN WALKING AT THREE O’CLOCK THIS AFTERNOON —- AFTER LAST MINUTE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE UNION– AND LIFESPAN– FAILED TO YIELD AN AGREEMENT. (MM) THIS IS THE FIRST-EVER STRIKE FROM THIS PARTICULAR NURSES UNION — AND HAS RESULTED IN RHODE ISLAND HOSPITAL — DIVERTING MEDICAL SERVICES. (MM) RHODE ISLAND HOSPITAL IS STILL OPEN — BUT AMBULANCES ARE BEING DIVERTED TO OTHER HOSPITALS, EXCEPT FOR—— MEDICAL EMEGENCIES LIKE TRAUMA AND CARDIAC ARREST. (HE) PEDIATRIC CASES ARE STILL GOING TO HASBRO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL —- …WHILE STROKE PATIENTS WILL BE TAKEN TO ONE OF SIX “PRIMARY STROKE CENTERS” IN RHODE ISLAND — OR, IF NECESSARY, FLOWN OUT OF STATE. (MM) WE HAVE TEAM COVERAGE OF THIS STRIKE. CAROLINE GOGGIN– SPOKE TO A CURRENT HOSPITAL PATIENT– WHO IS SHOWING HIS SUPPORT FOR NURSES IN A BIG WAY. (HE) BUT FIRST– EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER SHIINA LOSCUITO IS LIVE OUTSIDE OF RHODE ISLAND HOSPITAL– WHERE TODAY’S PICKETING HAS JUST ENDED. SHIINA? TAKE A LOOK HERE. WEVE BEEN HERE FOR HOURS AND THE NOISE COMING FROM THE SIDEWALKS HAS BEEN NON STOP. THIS IS ONLY DAY ONE OF THE FOUR DAY STRIKE. POWER IN PURPLE…AND IN NUMBERS.. Erin Mota ICU nurse “We treat our patients like families however we should be compensated for that as well.” 2,400 NURSES, TECHS AND THERAPISTS WALK OFF THE JOB AT RHODE ISLAND AND HASBRO CHILDRENS HOSPITAL MONDAY..AND STRAIGHT INTO A PICKET LINE nat THE DEMONSTRATION FOLLOWS A LAST MINUTE FEDERAL MEDIATION SESSION BETWEEN UNAP AND LIFESPAN…AFTER THE UNION REJECTED 2 PREVIOUS CONTRACT OFFERS AND GAVE THEIR STRIKE NOTICE. UNION EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT NORMAN FARIAS SAYS THE HOSPITAL HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO OFFER A SOLUTION. Norman Farias Executive Vice President, UNAP local 5098 “We’d like to get some respect. I know you can’t quantify that. I know that you can’t quantify that but we’d like to feel respected and appreciated.” LIFESPAN DECLINED TO SPEAK ON CAMERA BUT SENT EYEWITNESS NEWS THIS STATEMENT READING “WE ARE EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED THAT UNAP LEADERSHIP HAS DECIDED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS STRIKE. NO ONE WINS IN A STRIKE. THE HOSPITAL HAS OFFERED EXTREMELY COMPETITIVE WAGES AND BENEFITS PACKAGES. Erin Mota ICU nurse “I hope we are being heard. we will get louder, and we will come together.” WERE TOLD THE NURSES WILL GO BACK TO WORK FRIDAY REGARDLESS OF IF THEY HAVE REACHED A DEAL OR NOT. AS OF RIGHT NOW, UNION LEADERS TELL US THERE IS NO SCHEDULED MEETING WITH THE LIFESPAN. LIVE IN PROVIDENCE. SHIINA LOSCIUTO EYEWITNESS NEWS. (MM) WITH SEVERAL HUNDRED TEMPORARY WORKERS AT RHODE ISLAND HOSPITAL NOW —- THE HOSPITAL IS CURRENTLY CARING FOR—- 411 INPATIENTS — WHICH INCLUDES 375 ADULTS…. AND 36 PEDIATRIC PATIENTS…. OFFICIALS SAY THE PLANNED MAXIMUM DURING THE UNAP JOB ACTION IS 525.

3 comments

  1. The 8 percent is what they were making off global trade, that hurt American workers. I was hit by a log loader in davisville RI. A prevailing wage job. I went to RI hospital, and was treated like an animal. Covered up name tags and harassment. Like I was taking their pension.

  2. You guys don't get it. It's about more than just wages, but working conditions as well. Plus over a 4 year period the CEO had at least a 10% increase each year, plus bonuses.

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