While many Americans were tuned into news coverage of the massive damage from tornadoes ravaging the state of Oklahoma, Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse took to the Senate floor to rail against his Republican colleagues for denying the theory of anthropogenic global warming.
Whitehouse spent 15 minutes chastising GOP senators and justified his remarks by alluding to states that seek federal assistance in the wake of natural disasters.
“So, you may have a question for me,” Whitehouse said. “Why do you care? Why do you, Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, care if we Republicans run off the climate cliff like a bunch of proverbial lemmings and disgrace ourselves? I’ll tell you why. We’re stuck in this together. We are stuck in this together. When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover.
WORCESTER — The nurses' strike is on.
Union officials representing 1,100 nurses at UMass Memorial Medical Center -- University Campus and hospital management spent four hours negotiating Monday afternoon but failed to reach a deal.
Nurses plan to strike at 6 a.m. Thursday. The hospital has spent $4 million to hire temporary replacement nurses, who will work for five days, beginning Thursday.
"We are disappointed by management's refusal to negotiate a settlement to this contract, yet we are committed to standing up for patients and our union rights," said Margaret McLaughlin, a nurse and co-chairwoman of the University Campus bargaining unit, in a statement.
Nurses who work at the Memorial and Hahnemann campuses reached a contract agreement last week and agreed not to strike.
The sticking point at University Campus is about staffing levels, especially at night, according to the Massachusetts Nurses Association. Nurses want the hospital to set a patient-to-nurse ratio of 5-to-1. "Right now it's 7-to-1 and sometimes 8-to-1," said David Schildmeier, spokesman for the association.