Northside nurses vote to authorize strike

YOUNGSTOWN – Members of the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association on Wednesday gave the negotiating team the authorization to call a strike if necessary.

The met to get an update on contract talks with Northside Medical Center and map out their next strategy. The strike authorization vote passed and the nurses said they are hoping this vote will bring hospital management back to the table.

“They have refused to come meet with us. They are ignoring everybody in our organization, in this town. The state of Ohio representatives have encouraged them with their help to get this resolved,” YGDNA President Joyce Shaffer told Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News.

”The only place this is going to be resolved is at the table. But the CEOs from Tennessee have refused to sit at the table to negotiate with us,” Shaffer said.

Nurses staged a one-day strike on Sept. 24 to protest the lack of a contract. Some of them were locked out for various periods when they tried to return. They all were back by Tuesday.

Nurses would not say if this strike authorization is for another one-day strike or for a longer walkout. The nurses likely will vote again before hitting the picket line.

No negotiating sessions have been set.