State Police: Nobody threw anything at buses bringing replacement nurses into Tufts

WCVB gets the statement from State Police about an incident at the Logan Hilton early this morning at which Tufts Medical Center claims locked-out nurses and supporters threw coffee at a bus taking replacement nurses to the hospital: State Police say nothing was thrown and the protesters quickly and willingly dispersed when troopers told them to because they didn't have a permit.

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Just so I understand this

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Tufts can't afford to meet the compensation demands of their local staff so locks them out.

But Tufts can afford to fly in, hotel, and feed out of state replacement staff for their local locked out nurses.

Okay now. Boarding the next train to Crazy Town in 30 minutes...

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Its an investment

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An investment in screwing down wages for a job that can't be automated even though they can afford them.

Likely also results in big $$ for their friends who "own" the "agency" that provides these scabs.

It does erode their cries of poverty, though.

At a guess?

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The "long game" goes something like "Pay scabs a lot of money for a very limited time -- basically, the minimum amount of time they'll work for -- because you know that the nurses are only going to do a one-day strike with plenty of advance warning so you can get coverage, because you hope that paying high for a few days will let you continue to be a cheap fucker in the long run.":

At a guess?

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The "long game" goes something like "Pay scabs a lot of money for a very limited time -- basically, the minimum amount of time they'll work for -- because you know that the nurses are only going to do a one-day strike with plenty of advance warning so you can get coverage, because you hope that paying high for a few days will let you continue to be a cheap fucker in the long run.":

LBB has it about right

Looked at narrowly or transactionally, paying high prices for replacement workers is a bad deal. But if the corporation's objective is to reduce the negotiating power of this union and of unions in general, it's a good deal.

Not to Take a Position But...

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When you do the math just in terms of dollars it's easy to understand what management did. We're talking about replacements hired for five days, or roughly 1.4% of a year. Even if the cost of paying the replacements and their agency/ies, housing them at the Logan Hilton, feeding them, busing them to/from the hotel, etc. is five times the cost of what you pay the striking nurses for the five days of the lockout, you've only increased your annual cost for nurses by 5.6% for the current year. If the alternative is to roll over for an additional 5% annually for a, say, four-year contract, that's 20% of current-year wages (although the real NPV is somewhat less).

Of course there's a cost to poor labor relations as well as the institution's public perception but I have no idea how far apart the two sides were in the negotiation...

Interesting

So our security masters are refusing to back up our corporate spokesheads.

Sounds like Tufts is going to go through a lot of gauze to cover all those scabs.

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No

But it sounds like First Amendment rights to freedom of assembly were being sold off to the highest bidder.

I hope that you understand that the city has claimed in the past that a permit is needed for a gathering of more than three people.Does that sound right to you? They may have backed off of this, but it was a pretense to harass people in the mid-1990s.

My First Thought Was False-Flag Violence

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An age old tactic to disparage any group is to commit violent acts in such a way as to imply blame to others. It is so uncharacteristic of nurses to deliberately cause physical harm to anyone, I found the initial account hard to believe.

Nurses are real-world Angels — relieving misery and saving lives no matter who their patients are. Nurses do things most other people would find unimaginable, yet have to be done. Doctors and nurses are the essence of health care and both should receive appropriate compensation. The Tuft's management is shameful for not recognizing what a precious resource nurses are!

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Amen.

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Amen.

The accusation was never

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The accusation was never directed at the nurse's union but the other unions that arrived to show support.

But it wouldn't be the first time violence erupted at a picket. Why do you think they hire the police for strikes?

Yes and no. The nurses

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Yes and no. The nurses aides work under the RNs, if anything goes wrong the RN (usually the charge nurse) takes the blame and is usually asked to resign or be fired.
Been there and seen it happen.

RNs are in short supply

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RNs also do the work that doctors used to do and have to have a lot of education and training that they pay for.

Actually the MA SJC has said

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Actually the MA SJC has said in a few wacky rulings the federal constitution doesn't apply in MA where prohibited by MA law or the MA constitution.

Being a nurse is not what it

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Being a nurse is not what it used to be. Some of the private places don't care if you leave. It is cheaper to hire new grads even if they only stay a year or two.
The pension jobs are less and less, they are trying to do away with them. The unions can only do so much despite all the union dues you pay.
I had to leave the profession sooner than anticipated due to concerns for my safety and the patients safety. It has been this way for a decade or two now....but it is getting worse.