Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

3 responses to “Employees demand safe staffing levels at Women & Infants”

  1. Johnnie

    The CEO of Woman & Infants has no choice if he wants to stay competitive — that is, not go bankrupt, be involuntarily merged or bought out. Business costs are fixed. The choices available to the hospital CEO is to reduce labor costs by working people harder or not hiring, slashing wages or benefits, or making delivery of services more “efficient” (less labor intensive), or all of them.

    This is capitalism and it is on steroids. This is what is going on in every business in this country and throughout the world. Women & Infants is part of a globalized system of capitalist production of goods and services and it is forced to follow the demands and diktats of a market economy in how it delivers its product.

    This is not about some heartless or greedy CEO, this is about a hospital in competition with other hospitals for market share, each of them forced to continually cut costs and deliver their product more efficiently in order to stay competitive.

    It won’t be long before we will have to get out of bed and clean our own hospital rooms — and fell lucky if we get out alive.

    And they are always telling us about how free we are.

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  3. Employees, management at Women & Infants reach tentative contract deal

    […] care workers have been mired in contract talks since September with CNE management. Employees told RI Future at a recent picket line to call attention to the contract talks that the most important issue to them was safe staffing […]

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