I have been a litle tired lately and have found it hard to blog every day. Instead of blogging on line, I have been "blobbing" off line with Ben & Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch.
On Wednesday we had a reminder of how much the patients miss the regular staff. One patient's wife from T2 (TICU - Transitional Intensive Care Unit 2) reported to the union that her husband had a reaction to IL2 (interleukin-2). The wives and loved ones of chronically ill patinets know the safety protocols. She knew her husband should have had vital signs every 2 hours but the replacement staff only took one set in 8 hours!!!
She recognized the regular aide on the picket line and came by to offer her support. With the aging population and technological advances for serious illnesses, hospials get return visits from patients. They remember the regular staff and learn the protocals and procedures we perform. They want us back inside and know the hospital is not performing business as usual.
Our fellow striker, David, amused us with his theory of the 4 components of management.
1) We don't know
2) We don't care
3) You figure it out
4) Blame the guy at the bottom
We still laughing about the truth & abusrdity of that analysis.
On Thursday we pulled the rug out from under management. Some union carpet installers came to cross our line and lay down a new carpet in the hospital.
Two CPMC strikers approached the carpet people and explained the situation. Instead of rolling out the Red Carpet for the Bosses, the fellow union people chose to roll up and roll on.
Among the several people who signed the petition at the front of the Pacific Campus was Richard an older retired --self described "Union Man"--who donated $20 to the strike fund. He had a great sense of humor and gave us a "Get Out of Hell Free Card" just like the Monopoly card.
And yes, We are still on the Tour. The fake cable car motor coach brought more tourists to see our strike. The driver told them how many weeks we had been on strike and urged us strikers to not give up. Only in San Francisco!!!
Hospitals are set in communities. The Community is their Market. Sutter does not understand San Franciscans. Just because they have friends in Pacific Heights doesn't mean they know the rest of the city. Defeating the workers would be a Phyrric Victory. But they don't need to worry, We're going to Win!!!
C'mon Sutter, Just Say Yes!!!