EMMC Prepares for Nurses’ Strike


(Bangor, Maine) – At the beginning of bargaining on July 2, Eastern Maine Medical Center received notice from the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United that its members plan to strike at EMMC’s hospital campus on State Street, the Union Street Healthcare Mall, and the Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Brewer on July 13 and 14.
“While we still hope to come to an agreement in time to avoid a strike, EMMC is prepared to continue providing care and services for our patients. We will have highly qualified replacement nurses working alongside EMMC staff to provide the high level of care our patients expect,” says Deborah Carey Johnson, EMMC president & CEO.
EMMC is required to make a multi-day commitment to secure the temporary replacement nurses, which means they will be working at the hospital for four days beginning on the morning of July 13 and ending on the morning of July 17. Having the replacement nurses here for more than one day also helps minimize disruption for patients.
“Obviously we prefer to have EMMC nurses caring for our patients; however, the replacement nurses that worked at EMMC during the 2010 strike were very qualified and compassionate and we expect we will have a similar experience during the upcoming work stoppage,” says Johnson.
“We always bargain in good faith and have moved on almost all of the issues,” adds Johnson. “We remain far apart on staffing ratios and compensation, which is not surprising since these are national agenda items for the union. The choices we make now have real consequences, and we must ensure we’re doing what’s best for our patients and the communities we serve. We insist on focusing on the issues that actually affect our patients, nurses, and our hospital.”
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