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Nurses’ union campaign targets Community Health
March 18th, 2013 | by Getahn Ward | 0 Comments
A national nurses’ union today launched a campaign to bring attention to what it considers a culture at hospitals owned by the Franklin-based Community Health Systems chain that puts profits over patients.
The campaign comes as Washington, D.C.-based AFT tries to unionize more nurses at Community Health hospitals and get better benefits for those it represents. Contract talks between the hospital chain and nurses at a Youngstown, Ohio, hospital also is reaching a critical stage this week.
Community Health called the campaign a desperate attempt to place pressure collective bargaining between the Ohio Nurses Association, which just joined AFT, and Northside Medical Center in Youngstown.
“None of these efforts will impede the ability of our affiliated hospitals to provide high-quality care for their patients, as they always do,” the chain said, citing also timing of the campaign being coordinated with protests the California Nurses Association plans at a few of its hospitals.
The campaign includes a Web site at http://chswatch.org that features testimonials from nurses at Community Health hospitals raising concerns over not getting pay raises for several years and lamenting the company’s refusal to sit down at the bargaining table. It also includes Community Health’s readmission rates and other information about the company.
The campaign also includes newspaper print ads in Youngtown, Ohio; and Nashville and television ads in Youngstown. In conjunction with other unions, informational pickets are also planned at Community Health-run hospitals in New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia and California.