In just the latest development which features St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka being really shitty to their employees, it would appear that St. Joe’s nurses are really pissed because the hospital, as a result of chronic under-staffing, won’t allow them their legally mandated lunches and breaks. (We believe the nurses anger is compounded by their hunger, leading to the terrifying state of hangriness with which they apparently are forced to do their jobs.) Read more at the Times-Standard:
In the interest of balanced reporting (because, as you know, we are all about balance), several individuals we spoke to that have ties to the hospital have told us that the nurses’ complaint may be a bit exaggerated, if not false. We don’t know, but still tend to believe there’s some merit to the nurses’ gripe considering St. Joe’s history.
Slightly related – did you ever hear how St. Joe’s allegedly fired a dude for reporting meth use by the nurses? Yikes. Got to stay perked up for the job if you’re not getting your energy from breaks and lunches, right?
However, the bigger point to the story here is that if the nurses are not receiving their mandated breaks and lunches, then St. Joe’s better shape up and start giving them their due. As most anyone can tell you, the quality of care at the hospital is notoriously terrible – we’d re-think going to St. Joe’s for anything more serious than a little boo-boo.
So maybe the lack of lunches, breaks, etc., can explain that away. Job fatigue is real, people. Good news for nurses is that Austin Allison, an employee of the hospital, is now a Eureka City Councilperson.
And you all know how dedicated he is to giving union employees fantastic contracts – remember?