Hospitals have become the latest enemy of the common man. A few months after 23,000 registered nurses in California staged a one-day strike, they're planning to do it again. And in the coming weeks, 6,000 New York nurses are poised to follow suit. There are rumblings of the same thing in New Jersey and Minnesota.
The complaints are familiar to many American workers: out-of-control executive pay, while rank-and-file workers are forced to make greater sacrifices. Although the union, the New York State Nurses' Association, hasn't yet given the necessary 10-day notice to strike, the nursing staff at three of the city's largest hospitals have voted to authorize one.