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Rhode Island Hospital working with strike breakers

June 10, 2011

It looks like Rhode Island Hospital is planning for the worst in its negotiations with the United Nurses and Allied Professionals. The contract between the union and the hospital expires on June 30th, and officials have already hired a company to replace the nurses if they decide to strike.

Rhode Island Hospital confirmed the agreement today in statement that partially reads-

…we have contracted with temporary replacement nurses and allied professionals who we would use to keep the hospital running at full capacity in the event the union authorizes a strike. This is a plan we hope we won’t need to use; however, as the only level 1 trauma center and the only pediatric hospital in the state, we have a commitment to the community and our patients to make sure they will continue to have access to all of our services.

Sources says Rhode Island Hospital is working with Huffmaster– a national company that calls itself a “staffing crisis management firm.”  The hospital says it can’t confirm or deny that, but here’s an employment ad recently posted on the company’s website-

RNs needed for a very large Acute Care facility in Providence Rhode Island. Most areas of specialty needed

Huffmaster has contracted with a large facility in Rhode Island that is anticipating a strike at the end of June.   Most areas of specialty needed.

  • 36 hour guarantee
  • Daily cash perdiem to cover meal expenses
  • Travel and housing provided
  • Paid  baggage allowance

Because a 10 day notice has not been received yet, the duration of the job action is not known at this time.  If the job action is open ended, all positions will work at least 60 hours for each full week of the strike.

Calls to Huffmaster have not been returned.

I’ve put a call out to UNAP, but haven’t heard back yet.  I’ll add what they have to say as soon as I hear from them.

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