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News: 2011-08-31 NFN Suport Missouri

NFN On the Ground in Support of MNA Nurses’ Fight for Fair Contract

During the week of August 29, 2011, both the Missoulian and Ravalli Republic published an NFN letter of support for the nurses at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital who are fighting to secure third-party dispute resolution in their contract.

NFN President, Barbara Crane, RN, also flew to Hamilton, MT, last week to join 50 nurses (all members of the Montana Nurses Association) and other labor leaders on the picket line to help show the far-reaching impact of this issue and its importance to patient care.

Below is a excerpt from the letter:

“This issue involves more than the 50 nurses referenced in the article but rather our entire community.

The number one priority for nurses is patient care. At any time, you might find yourself or a loved one in need of care, and a nurse will be the first person at your side.

But, in order to provide this care for our patients, we must have fair and safe working conditions in place that protect us on the job. These include provisions that help us lift and move patients without injury to ourselves or the people in our care, ensure we aren’t assigned too many patients at once so we can provide effective, attentive care, and provide security to allow us to do our jobs without fear of undue termination or discipline.

Having a fair collective bargaining process in our contracts—that allows for the use of an impartial third party to resolve disputes—is the only way we can ensure these protections are in place”

Please show your support for these nurses and their patients in Montana as well as nurses everywhere who are having to defend the collective bargaining rights they’ve worked so hard to secure. “Like” NFN’s posts about this issue on Facebook and sign this petition.

Photo Caption: NFN President Barbara Crane, RN, shows solidarity with nurse members of the Montana Nurses Association as they work to secure basic collective bargaining rights in their contract.


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