National Nurses United, a labor union with more than 175,000 members nationwide, organized several strikes across the country on Thursday, calling on the hospital industry to “invest in safer workers.”
Why this matters: The health care industry has struggled against a backdrop of heightened health risks, labor shortages and burnout, largely exacerbated by the onslaught of the coronavirus.
- Nurses, frontline technicians and other health care professionals launched several strikes across the US last year. The health care industry has lost more than 540,000 jobs between February 2020 And September 2021,
- union too Called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention To “strengthen” the isolation recommendation for health care workers and the public, saying the latest guidelines are “inspired by employers.”
What are they saying: “Nurses are furious to see that, for our government and our employers, this is good for business, not what is good for public health,” said NNU President Jeanne Trinfo-Cortez. said in a statement,
- “Our employers claim there is a ‘nursing shortage,’ and so they must be violating optimal isolation times, but we know there are a lot of registered nurses in this country,” she said.
- “Nurses prepared to work in the unsafe conditions created by hospital employers and this government’s refusal to enforce life-saving standards are only lacking.”