Like most non-metro areas (polite way of referring to us hill people, I say as a proud native Vermonter!) A strange phenomenon has been occurring. The medical industry in what appears to be greed and glory or centralized better care, depending on your point of view, is moving like locust on an unprotected field! They own and have been the single medical provider for a huge geographic area. Where I live, the name is the University Health Center of Vermont! The moral bankruptcy or argument for better, centralized care, again, depending on your point of view, could be debated in infinity. I use this example, merely but this is merely as backdrop to our tale!
Labor conditions, specifically with their nursing staff had been ongoing and was becoming bad to worse! . Talks of a strike loom and Vermont is one of the few bastions where EVERYONE can exercise their right to strike. Management on the other hand, has issues with the nurses and is also refusing to bend. The parties are both engaged in perception and reality of extremely hard traditional bargaining! In this paradigm, there should be a winner and loser, right? Well, I will tell you what happened and you be the judge! I say there were two losers in this case!
STRIKE- a strike is threatened in the public form which only hardens the parties. At no time, in my research, did either party utilize alternative bargaining or the help of mediation and or facilitation services; during prep, actual contract negotiations or seeking certification of impasse on what the issue(s) are were and still are. They just continually talked past each other in forums and through the press. The strike lasted 2 days and the parties agreed to end the walk out and return to bargaining. I still do not know, nor do they, I believe, what all the issues are! The cost of the 2 day walkout: 3 MILLION dollars! And that does not take into account intangibles like the relationship between labor and management, patient standard care, etc. etc……
We at I & I think this is such a terrible, replication of wasted effort by good people! Our services can NEVER guarantee results, but we can guarantee active communication and a clear simple process of helping parties identify the issue, improve communication and maybe, just maybe work hard, understand the issue, and even solve it with just a little help!
Compared to 3 million dollars, our fee is budget dust, and well worth the investment! If you are reading this, think about it and Schedule a Call with us! Can I get a cumbia! Till next time
From the bargaining table of Thomas and Andy
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