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SAN FRANCISCO: Union protests rattle CPMC community
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/24/12 | C.W. Nevius

Posted on 04/24/2012 9:09:14 AM PDT by SmithL

No one is happy over at California Pacific Medical Center on California Street. The operating engineers of Local 39, who have been without a contract for 18 months, have been picketing for 30 days.

The problem is the protests are impacting patients. Benton Armstrong says he and his wife worry about their daughter, London, a premature baby who was born six weeks ago, weighing just 2 pounds.

"The doctors and nurses are very concerned about overstimulation of the preemies," Armstrong said. "When we are in the newborn ICU, we are asked to whisper."

Except the local is periodically staging rallies featuring whistles, cowbells and even a tuba. Last week the racket was so loud it disrupted a weekly support group for families with preemies, Armstrong said.

"Basically they ruined a chance for us learning how to help our children," he said. "I was furious."

But Mark Featherstone, who was picketing Monday morning, says the rallies are rare and nowhere near as disruptive as portrayed.

Meanwhile, as we spoke, a sidewalk drain in front of the hospital overflowed with some awful-looking liquid. A hand-lettered sign warned that the leak was "raw sewage."

There's a metaphor there somewhere.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: unionthugs

1 posted on 04/24/2012 9:09:16 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Unions are scumbag-evil, all unions. Especially health-related unions.

I was appalled when I saw the way one Boston hospital was treated by unions. I believe it was Andy Stern (SEIU) who said “If you don’t unionize, we are going to destroy the relationship between you and your patients.”

They then got big billboard trucks and parked them across the street from the main entrance accusing them of Medicare fraud and showing out of context statistics about mortality rates.

Scum. Pure, unadulterated scum.


2 posted on 04/24/2012 10:21:08 AM PDT by rlmorel (A knife in the chest from a unapologetic liberal is preferable to a knife in the back from a RINO.)
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To: SmithL
Closing of a major hospital because of union looting of its treasury, followed by rioting, looting, and fires, is the trigger for a nationwide economic collapse in the novel, "Holding Their Own" by Joe Nobody.

It is VERY believable. We are on the precipice of something very similar.

3 posted on 04/24/2012 10:36:22 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: rlmorel
Unions are scumbag-evil, all unions. Especially health-related unions.

This union is particularly evil for disturbing the peace of patients. That CPMC hospital is where my wife goes for cancer treatments, and where my daughter gave birth to one of our grandchildren a few months ago. One of the finest hospitals in SF. I know if I encounter them I'll be in their faces. Unions are inadvertently destroying industry that they take over, and they need to be stopped.

4 posted on 04/24/2012 10:53:11 AM PDT by roadcat
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