Tue., 8:29am: UPDATE Northside nurses on strike

YOUNGSTOWN – Members of the Ohio Nurses Association / Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association, representing about 430 nurses at Northside Medical Center, went on strike this morning even though the hospital said it would file an Unfair Labor Practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board to challenge the strike’s validity.

The hospital contends it received three strike notices, all with conflicting dates and times, in advance of today’s strike, which it called a violation of federal labor law. The nurses began picketing at 7 a.m.

The union issued the 10-day notice Sept. 12.

The union called the management’s claim “a blatant attempt to harass and intimidate nurses,” in a news release.

Eric Williams, president of the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association, said, “There can be no question that Northside management has been adequately notified of our plans. After all, they and Northside’s for-profit corporate owner have hired outside nurses at $55 an hour to take our places on Tuesday. Their baseless claim that the notice of this strike was somehow inadequate is a transparent ploy to threaten our members.”