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Finley Nurses Will Head Back To Bargaining Table

KWWL, October 9, 2006 Dubuque - It's back to the bargaining table for union nurses at Dubuque's Finley hospital. The nurses have been working without a contract since June 20th. They want the hospital's board of directors to take a more active role in the bargaining process. So, on Monday, they handed out leaflets at the University of Dubuque, where board member Kathryn Dolter runs the school's nursing department. ... Finley

Dubuque nurses return to work after 2nd strike

Tony Leys, Des Moines Register, August 22, 2006 Nurses at Dubuque's Finley Hospital have returned to work after their second strike in less than two months, but their leaders are not ruling out a third strike. Linda Merfeld, chapter president for the Service Employees International Union, said nurses still do not have a new contract. She said she hopes her members do not have to hit the picket line again. ... Dubuque

Three-day Finley nurses' strike under way

Associated Press, August 16, 2006 Nurses at Finley Hospital went on strike this morning for the second time in as many months in a contract dispute. The three-day strike is to last until Friday. The hospital has hired replacement nurses from US Nursing Corp. through Sunday. Service Employees International Union Local 199, which represents about 300 Finley nurses, has been seeking a new contract since March. The contract expired in June. ... Three-day

Dubuque's Finley nurses ready to hit picket lines

Tony Leys, Des Moines Register, August 15, 2006 Managers and nurses at Dubuque's Finley Hospital have stopped talking, and the nurses are set to raise their picket signs again. About 180 nurses plan to walk off their jobs Wednesday morning, marking their second strike this summer, the union says. The nurses expect to strike for three days. ... Dubuque

Finley Nurses Prepare To Strike

KWWL-TV, August 13, 2006 Dubuque - For the second time in a little over a month, union nurses in Dubuque will walk the picket line. Finley's union nurses voted to strike again after they failed to reach a new contract agreement with the hospital. Even though the nurses have already walked the picket line once, they say the second time around won't be any easier. "It was extremely hard walking out the first time, and to have to face it again after going through it the first time it is very difficult to do it again this time," says union nurse Ann Fessler. ... Finley

Finley nurses vote for second strike

Associated Press, August 12, 2006 Dubuque - Nurses at a Dubuque hospital have voted to hold their second strike in as many months. The Finley Hospital nurses will be out for three days beginning Wednesday morning. The hospital will employ replacement nurses for five days. That means it's possible some Finley nurses may not have open shifts until two days after the strike ends. The nurses' union, which represents more than 300 Finley nurses, has been seeking a new contract since March. ... Finley

Non-Union Nurses Oppose Finley Union

KWWL-TV, August 8, 2006 Dubuque - A group of non-union nurses in Dubuque says it is gaining support to decertify the union at Finley Hospital. For the past two months, the union nurses have been unable to reach a contract agreement with the hospital. The union says it hasn't reached a contract agreement yet, because the hospital's offer will jeopardize patient care. However, a group of non-union nurses says striking and publicly humiliating Finley Hospital hurts patient care even more. "I think they're making Finley Hospital look bad and that's my place of employment. I think that they make all of the Finley nurses look bad, and it's not all of us that are union supporters," says Finley nurse Lisa Wall. ... Non-Union

Finley Nurses To Hold Town Forum

KWWL-TV, August 1, 2006
Dubuque - Contract negotiations will be addressed at a town hall forum held by Finley Hospital nurses this week in Dubuque. Members of the community and Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Patty Judge, will attend. Finley nurses have been without a contract since June. They went on a three-day strike in early July over more money and too few nurses on the job. Contract negotiations will resume in Cedar Rapids on August 7th. If an agreement cannot be reached during that meeting, nurses plan to walk the picket lines again on August 16th.
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Dubuque nurses plan second strike

Marshalltown Times-Republican, July 27, 2006 Dubuque - Nurses in Dubuque announced Wednesday they’ll return to the picket lines in August as their labor dispute with Finley Hospital nears its sixth month. The Service Employees International Union Local 199, which represents more than 300 Finley nurses, has been seeking a new contract since March. The contract expired in June, and the two sides have not settled several issues, including the reinstatement of a longtime nurse who was fired for publicly criticizing Finley last month. ‘‘We will not accept a contract that doesn’t put our patients first,’’ said Linda Merfeld, president of the union’s bargaining unit with Finley. ... Dubuque

Finley nurses set to strike again

Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 26, 2006 Dubuque - Nurses at Finley Hospital in Dubuque sent notice today to administrators that they intend to go on strike Aug. 16-18. Negotiations last week were unsuccessful between the hospital and the nurses. "We left the bargaining table last week with no movement from Finley administrators," said Linda Merfeld, president of the Finley bargaining unit of the Service Employees International Union. "We will not accept a contract that doesn't put our patients first. This contract is about making sure that patient care is the only priority at Finley hospital and protecting the nurses who speak out on behalf of safe, quality patient care." ... Finley

Dubuque nurses battle for better health care

Des Moines Register, July 20, 2006 Nurses at Finley Hospital in Dubuque say that they went on strike for "patient care." It means they are tired of going to work every day with knots in their stomachs, worried that they have too many patients to care for adequately. They believe the public has a right to know that all is not well with patient care in Iowa's hospitals. The fight at Finley is everyone's fight. Dubuque nurses are like the canary in the coal mine warning us that things must change. Hospitalized patients receive their primary care from nurses. Nurses take an oath to care for their patients first. ... Dubuque

Nurses’ union, hospital at standoff

Des Moines Register, July 18, 2006

Dubuque - A daylong return to the bargaining table resulted in another standoff between Dubuque’s Finley Hospital and striking nurses Monday.

Hospital spokeswoman Sue Chapman said that she had been encouraged by the day’s discussions and that “significant progress” was being made between the two groups.

But by 6 PM Monday, members of the Service Employees International Union - the nation’s largest nurses’ union (sic) - said that the hospital had “solidly denied” their latest proposal. ... Nurses

Finley Hospital and nurses still at impasse

Bonnie Harris, Des Moines Register, July 17, 2006

A day-long return to the bargaining table resulted in another standoff between Dubuque's Finley Hospital and striking nurses today.

Hospital spokeswoman Sue Chapman said she had been encouraged by the day's discussions and that "significant progress" was being made between the two parties. But by 6 PM, members of the Service Employees International Union - the nation's largest nurses' union - said the hospital had "solidly denied" their latest proposal and nurses were not hopeful that an agreement would be reached tonight. ... Finley

Finley nurses consider second strike as negotiations stall

WHOT-TV, July 17, 2006

Des Moines - Nurses in Dubuque are considering a second strike after contract negotiations with Finley Hospital faltered again Monday.
A hospital spokeswoman says progress was made in the latest round of talks today, but the nurses' union says a deal was nowhere in sight.

Linda Merfeld, the union's chapter president, has suggested the nurses may strike again if an agreement isn't made soon.

No future negotiations have been scheduled. ... Finley

Finley Nurses Consider Another Strike

KWWL, July 17, 2006

Dubuque - Finley Hospital nurses are considering a second strike after contract negotiations with the hospital faltered again on Monday. A hospital spokeswoman says progress was made in the latest round of talks, but the nurses' union says a deal was nowhere in sight.

Earlier this month, the nurses went on strike for three days because they couldn't agree on a new contract with the hospital. While the nurses wanted a 5% wage raise, the hospital said it couldn't afford anything more than 3%. ... Finley

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