Health care workers are being urged to sign a “do not work” pledge after one of their union representatives was fired for calling for the end of the country’s NHS.
Allina Healthcare in Massachusetts said it has been “in touch with all nurses in our state” over the issue, and said the union had been “discredited” by the National Nurses United.
The union represents about 3,000 health care workers in Massachusetts, including nurses, physicians, social workers, and pharmacists.
All of them work in private practice, but some have been at Allina for more than 30 years.
The decision to fire one of its representatives comes after the union called on nurses in Massachusetts to “do more than just sit on their hands” and called on the state to address the issue of wage theft.
Allinah Thomas, a nurse from Rockland, New York, was laid off from her job last year.
She said she was “a little disappointed” but did not want to talk further.
“I’m glad that they are talking about it.
We’re hoping that we can find a way forward,” she said.
I would love to see an end to that.” “
My concern is not that we’re losing jobs, but that we are losing our pay.
I would love to see an end to that.”
Thomas said she did not know what the union’s policy was about, and was not sure why her position was terminated.
She was laid-off in March and is now unemployed.
“They were a great nurse and a great person.
They did a good job, but we are not going to sit here and let them go,” she told Al Jazeera.
This is about our health care system, and it is time to start looking at all the solutions that are being put forward.” “
This is not about nurses.
This is about our health care system, and it is time to start looking at all the solutions that are being put forward.”
Thomas, who is also a social worker, said she had been planning to start a new job at Allinha Healthcare after she was laidoff.
She had worked at the nursing home for two years before she was terminated, but was looking for work in the field of social work.
She is currently seeking help from the National Association of Social Workers to find a new position.
“If I can do it, why can’t I do it?” she asked.
They are really good at what they do.” “
Nurses are the frontline workers.
They are really good at what they do.”
Al Jazeera’s Nils Muiznieks, reporting from New York City, said the nurses union had not been able to contact Allina to discuss the matter.
“The nurses are the front line of the healthcare system in the state of Massachusetts,” he said.
The US is the only major US state that does not require all health care professionals to have a union membership, and is considered one of the most expensive in the world.
Thomas said Allina had not responded to her emails or calls to offer an explanation.
Allinas spokesperson, Mary Darnell, said in a statement: “Allina Healthcare, which operates more than 2,000 nursing homes in New England, employs over 400,000 healthcare professionals across its network.
“Any suggestion to the contrary is completely baseless.””
Any suggestion to the contrary is completely baseless.”