Comments for: EMMC nursing contract still elusive, talks to continue May 16

Posted May 10, 2012, at 11:28 p.m.

BANGOR | Despite a 12-hour negotiating session Thursday, Eastern Maine Medical Center and the union representing roughly 850 registered nurses who work there were unable to close a contract deal. Negotiators for the hospital and the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United got together shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday. …

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  • Bob

    I would say no pay raise unless everyone else who deserves one got one . We Do not want another ALEC bill LD???? By Andry Cushing saying that we can now have CNAs do the work of nurses and we only need half as many . To encourage High school kids to get into the nursing field.  Union is a great tool if not abused . When they do not have extra money it is so wrong to strike for more.  To Ask for real issues like safety is one thing. 

  • Guest

     I’m tired of hearing how overworked and underpaid the EMMC nurses think they are. 

    They certainly aren’t the only profession in the state that deserves a pay raise, but they definitely are the most vocal (read: whiny) about their self-perceived “injustice”.

    • Anonymous

       They will get their pay raises. the other support staff (who make much less) will be screwed though.

      • Anonymous

         Exactly right blanc12.  All other support staff have their pay froze…no raises.  In this economic environment if I was the nurses I would take the money and SHUT UP, your already getting it better than everyone else.

  • StillRelaxin

    When I get in a plane I want my pilot happy and well rested.  When I go to the hospital I want my nurses and doctors happy and well paid.  When I send my kids off to school I want their teachers happy and well paid.  When I go into any administrators office or politician’s office (Is there a difference?)  I always come out thinking, that person should be fired.  GO NURSES!

    • Anonymous

      I recommend Tai Chi.    :)

      That said… I would hope that if any nurse is so unhappy with their job they quit immediately.  (Pilots are legally obligated to be well rested btw)

  • Anonymous

    I think that it’s too bad that the EMMC nurses don’t realize that the union leaders are taking them down the wrong road. Asking for a 5% raise in this economy shows that they are greedy and out of touch with reality. This media campaign of telling us how overworked and underpaid they are continues, just makes us question their judgement. The article says that staff have been added. I guess all of those nurses won’t be needed if we patients get sick of thier whining and don’t trust them anymore. WAKE UP EMMC NURSES

  • Anonymous

    Here we go again. Is this going to be a yearly ritual? The nurses already earn more than most of the people in the Bangor area. I know they do  a great job. And I’d love to see them get paid more. But there is no money. The state is broke. The federal government is broke. How bout they listen to the appointed one and ‘share the sacrifice’? Really, they should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Anonymous

    And to be fair to the nurses…the hospital administrators (paper pushers) making several hundred grand a year….IN BANGOR OF ALL PLACES, should be ashamed of themselves as well.

  • Anonymous

    bangorjack gets the point: the top administrators at EMMC/EMHC earn at least $500,000 a year as mere base salary, and head honcho Michelle Hood earned about $650,000 a year in mere base salary two years ago, when last reported in the BDN. The argument that the organization has no money is a joke, and those who believe the well-paid PR folks probably thinks that the Koch Bros., the major Tea Party supporters, are akin to Mother Teresa. Not coincidentally, CEO Hood is now Chair of the Board of Trustees of the U Maine System–appointed by pseudo-Democrat John Baldacci in his last year in office–and has been as oppositional to any pay raises for System employees (not just faculty but poorly paid secretaries, etc.) on the same specious grounds of there being no money. Get real, those who think the nurses should be simply shut up and not rock the corporate boat.

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