Supplemental FAQs Regarding Your Right During Strike
SEIU 521 IMPENDING STRIKE
Our brothers and sisters of SEIU Local 521 are gearing up for a potential strike. We stand in solidarity with them as we fight together to uplift standards for patient care and working conditions.
RNPA members have the right as individuals to decide whether they want to strike in sympathy with their colleagues.
RNPA members can also support workers who strike by standing with them on the picket lines before and after their shifts, during their breaks, or on their scheduled days off.
RNPA members who choose not to engage in a sympathy strike can similarly support striking workers by doing no more than the required duties to perform your job, while preserving patient care. This way, we can support our colleagues by not minimizing or mitigating their efforts toward obtaining a good contract.
We can support our SEIU colleagues by remembering that we:
Do not have to work additional hours off the clock just like any other day.
Do not have to perform duties that are not directly related to nursing tasks and responsibilities.
Do not have to perform tasks that our striking colleagues would normally do if they were working (e.g. answering the phones, emptying the trash, transporting patients).
Do not let our managers direct or bully us into absorbing duties that belong to our striking colleagues. (If your manager and/or supervisor threatens or attempt to coerce you in any manner, you should contact our RNPA office immediately).
We encourage all our members to do everything they can to demonstrate support. We should be able to live in the community in which we work. We are stronger when we stand together!
If you have any questions, please contact the RNPA office at (408) 292-6061