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  •  850 at $10,000/week (4+ / 0-)

    is $8.5 million/week.

    They'll burn through that $23 million in three weeks.

    •  I am skeptical about that number (0+ / 0-)

      I'll believe it if I see the paystub, but it's more likely a bit of hyperbole.  Adding 850 nurses in a community that big isn't enough to cause a hospital to pay $10k a week.  They can go to any staffing agency and find emergency help for about $100 an hour (of which the nurse would get 50 to 70 an hour.

      •  update...some truth in that claim (2+ / 0-)
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        Joe Bob, Sychotic1

        Did some checking with some contacts in the medical field and there are some promises of up to $10k per week for a couple of specialties.  The money wasn't offered to one of my friends though...and she's an experienced MICU, PICU, SICU, and PACU nurse.

        •  They're spending all that and more (6+ / 0-)

          Even if they are "only" offering some nurses $8,000 or $7,000 a week, add that up to $5 million a week or more.

          And that doesn't count all the other money they spend on:
          Travel costs to fly the scab nurses to Philadelphia
          Hotel costs to house them in luxury hotels during the strike
          Transport costs to and from the hospital
          Food bills, per diem allowances and other food
          Security guards
          Administrative payments to all the executives of the sleazy strikebreaking firm
          Office and equipment costs for the strikebreaking firm at the hospital

          Add it all up and they are probably spending $10 million a week to avoid having a fair contract for the nurses

          •  not exactly (1+ / 0-)
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            This money was offered through a staffing agency.  So the staffing agency is the one providing the expenses and not the hospital.  Who knows how much the facility is really paying.

            It may be a shock, but these guys aren't as dumb as you may think.  They know how much this may cost and what the risks may be.  

            •  Sorry, you are wrong (5+ / 0-)

              The agency pays the expenses, not the hospital? The agency bills the hospital for everything, I've seen the contracts for similar strikes.

              The hospital pays the bills not because they are dumb, because they are a business, not that much different from any other big corporation than they do about their patients or their employees.

              They pay the bills because they care more about money - profits (or "excess revenue" in a nominally "non-profit" hospital) and power over their nurses and other employees.

              They pay the cost because they think it is worth it to take a hard line in bargaining to demand gag clauses to silence nurses from exposing exposing unsafe conditions  and to demand massive concessions.

              And, too bad if safe patient care, or retention of experienced, career RNs are collateral damage along the way

      •  Here is the advertisement (0+ / 0-)

        The company sent it to MANY nurses.Ad for replacement staff during a strike

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