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Finley nursing strike ends

Union workers turned away from weekend shifts.
Associated Press, July 10, 2006

Dubuque - Some union nurses at The Finley Hospital, embattled by a recent labor dispute, were turned away when they tried to return to work over the weekend, union officials said.

The union nurses left the picket lines Sunday after a three-day strike.

Hospital officials said they were turned away because replacement workers were hired for five days to fill the place of the nurses on strike, with the contract expiring on Tuesday. ... Finley

Dubuque nurses return to work after rare, 3-day strike

Union members still have no contract, but more talks are set for Monday.
Tony Leys, Des Moines Register, July 11, 2006

Striking Dubuque nurses have put down their picket signs and are returning to the bedside, but their leaders and Finley Hospital administrators disagree over how much effect the rare strike had.

The strike's leader said nearly 200 of the hospital's 333 nurses participated. She scoffed at management's claim that Finley ran normally during the three-day strike, which started Thursday. ... Dubuque

Dubuque nurses begin strike

Replacement workers from Colorado fill shifts.
Tony Leys, Des Moines Register, July 7, 2006

Dubuque - Several dozen nurses and supporters walked a picket line here Thursday morning as Iowa's first nurses' strike in many years got under way.

The nurses plan to strike for three days against Finley Hospital.

"I feel bad. I feel bad for the community, and I feel bad for the patients. But you have to stand up for what you believe," said nurse Marguerite Shea, who walked the sidewalk carrying a white "On Strike" sign. ... Dubuque

Dubuque nurses strike today

Tony Leys, Des Moines Register, July 6, 2006

Dubuque - Several dozen nurses and supporters walked a picket line here Thursday morning as Iowa's first nurses' strike in many years got under way.

The nurses plan to strike for three days against Finley Hospital.

"I feel bad. I feel bad for the community, and I feel bad for the patients," said nurse Marguerite Shea, who walked the sidewalk carrying a white 'On Strike' sign. "But you have to stand up for what you believe." ... Dubuque

Dubuque nurses prepare to strike as negotiations stall

Associated Press, July 6, 2006

Dubuque - The picket lines are forming, and the replacement nurses have been ordered.

Barring some drastic compromise, nurses at Finley Hospital will begin a three-day strike at 6:30 AM today.

The Dubuque hospital warns of possible consequences.

In a letter sent to staff this week, Finley reminded nurses of their “rights” during a work stoppage, including the hospital’s legal right to temporarily or permanently replace any striking employee. ... Dubuque

Nurses set to strike in Dubuque

Finley Hospital and the union representing 333 of its nurses remain apart on wages and benefits.
Tony Leys, Des Moines Register, July 6, 2006

Dubuque nurses were preparing Wednesday to set up picket lines at Finley Hospital in a strike that would be watched across the state.

The nurses, who are members of the Service Employees International Union, planned to go off the job early today. It would be the first nurses' strike Iowa has seen in decades.

Union organizer Kim Miller said the hospital had rejected a federal mediator's request for talks Wednesday. ... Nurses

Dubuque nurses vote for 3-day strike

Associated Press, July 1, 2006

Dubuque - Nurses at Finley Hospital voted Friday to strike after negotiations for a new contract failed again.

The Service Employees International Union Local 199 - which represents more than 300 Finley nurses - voted to begin a three-day strike July 6.

The work stoppage will mark the first strike in Finley's 116-year history.

"We are disappointed that the SEIU has voted to move toward a work stoppage," said John Knox, Finley's president and chief executive officer. ... Dubuque

Nurses at Finley vote to strike

David DeWitte, The Gazette, June 30, 2006

The union representing nurses at Dubuque's Finley Hospital voted tonight to strike from June 6-8 after making little progress in negotiations with Finley and the health system with which it is affiliated.

Nurses are unhappy with Finley's failure to grant just cause language that would provide workers with some protection from terminations. The issue of just-cause language has become more pronounced since the hospital recently terminated Alice Wieck, a union member who spoke on radio advertisements in support of the union. ... Nurses

Finley Nurses Vote To Strike

KWWL-TV, June 30, 2006

Dubuque - Tonight, union nurses at Finley Hospital in Dubuque vote to strike. 96% of nurses agreed to Strike July 6-8.

Union representitives say late negotiations made no movement to improve the health of the people and communities of the tri-states.

The hospital disagrees, saying they offered to compromise in many areas including their former requirement that non-union nurses get to participate in contract votes. ... Finley

Finley Hospital & Union Nurses Hope To Avoid A Strike

KWWL, June 29, 2006

Dubuque - Union nurses and Finley Hospital head back to the bargaining table hoping to avoid a strike. Last week after the two sides failed to find a compromise, the nurses issued a strike order that would start on July sixth. "We're just passing our proposals forth and back trying to come to a common agreement," says Finley nurse Jeanne Noonan.

The goal of both sides is to avoid a strike. Last week, the nurses held an informational picket. ... Finley

Nurse fired after criticizing Dubuque hospital in radio ad

Associated Press, June 22, 2006

Dubuque - The vice president of a nurses union was fired Wednesday by Finley Hospital, one day after the union announced plans to strike next month.

Alice Weick, 55, fought back tears as she told reporters that her 30-year career at the hospital ended because she participated in a radio advertisement sponsored by the Service Employees International Union Local 199.

The union, which represents more than 300 nurses at the Dubuque hospital, had been in contract negotiations since March and issued a strike notice Tuesday night as the nurses' contract expired. ... Nurse

Nurses in Dubuque will wait to strike

Associated Press, June 21, 2006

Dubuque - Nurses at Finely Hospital have issued a notice they intend to strike on July 6.

The notice came Tuesday after the union that represents the nurses and hospital administrators failed to agree on a contract that expired at 11:59 PM Tuesday. It came after the hospital offered what union officials said was a minimal change to the contract.

Linda Merfeld, president of the Service Employees International Union Local 199, said she was disappointed in how the hospital is “treating the nurses, and ultimately, the patients we take care of. It’s disrespectful.” ... Nurses

Nurses threaten strike at Dubuque hospital

Associated Press, June 21, 2006

Dubuque - Nurses at Finley Hospital are threatening to strike if a new contract is not ratified in the next week and a half.

The two sides have been negotiating since March, and nurses from the Service Employees International Union Local 199 said the Finley team has not budged on its wage proposal.

The contract expires at 11:59 PM Tuesday, but the nurses cannot legally strike until after they issue a 10-day strike notice.

The union, which represents more than 300 Finley nurses, says it will issue that notice if the contract expires. ... Nurses

Nurses need to be heard

Our Position: Legislators should protect whistleblowers.
Daily Nonpareil, October 21, 2005

Earlier this week, a representative of an Iowa nurses union asked lawmakers serving on an interim study committee looking at the state's response to a nursing shortage to give "whistleblower" protection to nurses who complain about working conditions.

Whistleblower status protects workers from being fired when they speak out against their employer.

Cathy Singer-Glasson, a nurse and official with the Service Employee International Union, told committee members that giving such protection to nurses could help keep them on the job. ... Nurses

Lawmakers get conflicting info on nurse ratios

Stella Shaffer, Radio Iowa, October 19, 2005

Iowa lawmakers are getting conflicting reports on whether the state should establish nurse-to-patient ratios for Iowa hospitals. During a statehouse hearing on Tuesday, health care professionals from California testified both in favor and against such a move.

Beth Capell, a lobbyist for the nation's largest health care union, says the nursing ratios California adopted a year-and-a-half ago were badly needed. ... Lawmakers

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