The Boston Globe called upon the expertise of Clark University's Gary N. Chaison, professor of industrial relations, for an article about a scheduled one-day nurses strike at Brigham and Women's Hospital on June 27. If the strike happens, it would be the first time in 30 years that nurses have walked off the job at a Boston hospital, according to the newspaper.
Here, an excerpt:
"Nurses strikes are rare. The last one in Boston was in 1986 at Carney Hospital. More recently, one-day strikes were held at Quincy Medical Center, in April 2013, and at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, in October 2012, according to the union.
" 'It’s very rare for health care workers to go on strike,' said Gary N. Chaison, professor of industrial relations at Clark University. 'They only go on strike if they feel tremendously neglected. ... It’s a call for help.'
"But when nurses do strike, they can be effective, he said, because they enjoy a lot of public support for their work."