The nurses of Ascension Saint Joseph went on strike the week of Thanksgiving. They were picketing on Wednesday, December 6th after their employer used the strike to claim that shifts they worked in the lead up will not be paid at the rate offered.
At Ascension Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Illinois, chronic understaffing has led to a reliance on staff nurses working “incentive shifts”. These shifts above and beyond the expected workload for nurses are paid at a premium to make it worth the while of nurses to take additional time away from their families to work. Heading into a strike and the holiday season, many nurses heeded the call and accepted these extra shifts in mid November.