thought we'd get wage increases, better staffing, and have job security
as soon as we voted for a union!" Many of my co-workers have
voiced this opinion and a truthful response is "Only in dreamland!"
Voting for a union is an important step towards improved wages,
better staffing, and job security but there are a lot of other steps
that need to be taken as well.
next big step is to bargain a contract with CHW, and we are finding
out how difficult that is. Ask yourself this: "What advantage
is there for CHW in having a contract with employees that will guarantee
us wage increases, dependant health care coverage, job security,
etc.?" No matter how long you ponder, the answer will be "none"
(unless they see that having a contented workforce will produce
better patient care, which they don't appear to factor into the
equation). Which is probably why they are stalling on the bargaining
process and why we, the employees, have to give them some incentive
to bargain in good faith with us.
The following photos
record our effort to demonstrate to CHW how much we want to bargain
a good contract with them. An informational picket lets uninformed
employees and the public know that bargaining is not going well
and that a certain nonprofit organization which depends on the good
will of the community is not bargaining in good faith with its employees.
There are those who
say "They're not going to reward you with what you want if
you do things they don't like" to which I say "Have they
rewarded you for NOT doing things they don't like?"
picket was state-wide (20 CHW hospitals) and occurred on February
12th, 2002. The Mercy General picket took place from 2-5 on "J"
Street , in front of the hospital and included employees from the
other CHW hospitals in the area.