Not All Nurses Are Happy About Strike

By: Jeff Gould Email
By: Jeff Gould Email

Union nurses on strike spent their sixth day on the picket line Saturday.

While many nurses are protesting an unfair contract, others say it is fair, and are continuing to work despite harsh criticism.

WYMT's Jeff Gould met up with two nurses who are speaking out after they say they were publicly humiliated.

The nurses WYMT spoke with Saturday say the reason they crossed the picket line was due to the very protest behind me

George Engle and his cousin Stacy are Nurses at ARH.

They voted for the new contract and though Engle says he hadn't crossed the picket line, he was labeled "scab of the day" on this sign.

“But it comes down to what I am in this profession for, and it's to take care of the people here in Hazard, surrounding counties and do my job as a nurse,” George Engle said.

Today the Engles, along with more than 30 family members and supporters painted their cars with various messages of support, and drove by ARH, where the union nurses are protesting.

George says, seeing his name on the sign is what convinced him to cross the picket line.

Other nurses on strike think otherwise.

Many of he nurses hope the negotiations that are scheduled in the near future will help them get back to normal.

ARH officials announced they have agreed to meet with a federal mediator in an attempt to end the ongoing strike.


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  • by KNA MEMBER on Oct 18, 2007 at 04:37 AM
    Evidently George isn't telling the whole truth!! You aren't labeled a scab until you become one. His union pres evidently was given the info that he was crossing. The hospital informs the union of impending crossers, at least that's what happened at our facility.. I hope all of the people who have crossed realize the damage that they have caused the union that has represented them since their employment... think of the years the union has prevented nurses of losing their jobs over petty incidences!!! Well good luck with your scabhood and I hope that your fellow workers treat you as such. And by the way, many of our nurses did not want to strike either, but here we stand in front of our facility with picket signs. Suck it up for a little while longer and we will prevail in the end!! that is if our own union members would stop crossing picket lines & do what's right! It takes more courage to stand w/picket sign than cross picket line. STAND UP FOR THE UNION. GO KNA
  • by Lisa on Oct 9, 2007 at 04:14 AM
    Too bad reporters don't gather the facts anymore. There are no upcoming "negotiations." The meetings that are scheduled are for proposal implementation. The union spin is misleading nurses and causing them to take a very hard financial hit unecessarily
  • by RN Location: hazard on Oct 8, 2007 at 03:27 PM
    I have worked many nights taking care of 8-9 patients alone and told to "do the best you can" well thats not good enough. Patients deserve better than that! Not only is it unsafe it is unfair to not be able to get to know your patients. The "Engles" are good ones to speak up, they don't do patient care for 8-9 pts nor do they get mandated every week. People need to see the schedules, there is never enough staff to take care of pts even prior to a call in. I was mandated three times and told that no one called in, there was not enough people scheduled to start with. ARH wants to look good for the public but anyone that has been a patient will tell you that they have not been getting adequate care for over a year and it is not happening now either. My family memeber was in ER for over 8 hours and only saw a nurse or doctor 2 times total in that period, what a disgrace!!
  • by Tina Location: letcher co. on Oct 8, 2007 at 03:37 AM
    First of all i am a house wife..and a mother and grandmother..and i am very proud of the ones that is standing up for what they believe in...people ask yourselves one ?. if that was your mother grandmother or family member and they put there family at risk daily working in a medical field would you not wont the very best for them..I think they deserve the very best..people wake up you dont know what these nurses are faced with daily..we need to pray for them..and support them instead of putting them down...GOD BLESS YOU ALL..AND KEEP FIGHTING FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN...as as for the public put yourself in there shoes for one shift of work..and then you would change your mind..support our medical workers you might need them one day...
  • by Disabled Location: Formerly of KY on Oct 8, 2007 at 01:46 AM
    I worked as a RN for 17 years with understaffing and disrespect from co-workers to the point of physical and mental distress. This is just one side of the story, I was the only one in my unit for the union and I had to be careful of every word I said. My fellow co-workers received the same benefits I did but didn't pay dues either. It is a shame how people will turn on their friends in times of stress.
  • by Nicole Location: Topmost on Oct 7, 2007 at 06:33 PM
    I agree with the professional nurses that are working, most of the ones I've seen on the picket lines act like redneck idiots. And besides doesn't ARH have very compettive wages and benefits?
  • by oma gibson Location: hazard on Oct 7, 2007 at 05:58 PM
    in my opinion. if all the scabs were on the picket line with us everyone would be back to work by now plus we would have a good union with unity and a good place to work . with unity of a union, we as nurses would have empowerment and even the management would be happier.there would be a much better environment for our patients to come to get treatment and get quality care they need. so tell arh to come negiotion table with a livable contract for us and put us back to work.
  • by CARE Location: Hazard on Oct 7, 2007 at 03:38 PM
    George states that he was publicly humiliated and he should be. He should be embarrassed that he did not stand beside of his union brothers and sisters when they needed him most. Furthermore WYMT needs to double check their facts before running stories. George had intentions on crossing the picket line before the signs were ever made. Wymt done an official interview with two nurses whose aunt happens to be the director of nursing for hazard arh. The nurses that are out on the picket line care about their community and patients. These nurses are the community and their families are the patients. Every nurse on the line is a wife, husband, mother, father, daughter, son, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, friend or neighbor to someone in our community. Yes they CARE!!!
  • by Bill Location: Hazard on Oct 7, 2007 at 02:50 PM
    I dont know why there is so much name calling,i worked under a union for over 28 yrs and have been on strike a number of times,and never have i seen such childish actions.I dont see how anyone could stand out there and picket with those signs hanging with their co-workers names on it.even though they are working it is thier right to work after all,they probably have families of their own and i applaud them for standing up for what they believe in,just as i applaud you that stand up for the strike.But i am saddened that anyone would act in such a manner as those nurses in front of the hospital,i thought you were professionals not cannibals.Again everyone should stand behind mr.engle and his cousin for speaking out against the cannibals here in hazard.Who is leading these people,the lady that thinks she is a patient advocate,i hope not
  • by Leisa Location: Ford on Oct 7, 2007 at 01:55 PM
    It concerns me when we force our beliefs on others. If these two nurses wanted to work and believe they were offered a fair contract then that is their right. The others have not right to treat them as they did especially with name calling. While I believe in representation of unions, I sometimes wonder whose interests are being served. The employees or the unions with the publicity? I have also seen how shorthanded nurses are and have witnessed the lack of care for patients so I support the strike if the concern for the number of patients assigned to the nurses in the main issue!! It seems that this only gets noticed when a patient dies or suffers from the lack of care!!
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