I just spent five days and nights with my husband in a local hospital.
The hospital was sparkling clean, well decorated, the staff were competent and friendly. The corporation that runs the hospital is hugely profitable. There were artistic business process improvement posters throughout announcing, "We believe ..." and they listed an inspiring array of patient rights and values.
During the long, long nights we were cared for by certified nursing assistants. They assisted the RNs and did virtually everything to ease the suffering of my husband. I learned that these men and women earn little more than minimum wage. They do have medical benefits, but I doubt that deductibles and co-pays would be affordable on such meager wages.
I believe that these caring people who have so much responsibility deserve to be paid a living wage. They do not belong to a labor union, and who is looking out for them? It is a sad example of a new socioeconomic class referred to as the American working poor.
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DRU BUTLER, Richland