Last week, management's chief spokesperson was on vacation, so they brought in a pinch hitter from the past, Terry Solom. Unfortunately, the change in spokesperson didn't result in the hospital taking the issue of staffing any more seriously. While the union urged management to spend the day discussing the staffing crisis, management suggested that "30 minutes" was sufficient. Eventually, the union was able to get management to listen to the union for a whole hour, but couldn't get any dialog going regarding a new acuity tool or other safe staffing fixes.
Safe staffing isn't impossible to achieve, but it requires management taking the issue seriously. INA has increased its outreach to the public on this vital issue and will continue to do so as long as the issue remains unresolved.
Bargaining continues on April 25.