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President Of Mass Nurse’s Association Says She’s A Socialist Who Wants The Worcester Police Disarmed And Defunded Because Striking St Vincent’s Nurses Think They Are Dangerous 

 

This is Katie Murphy, the President of the Massachusetts Nurses Association.

As the St. Vincent’s nurses strike heads into its 4th month, more and more nurses are crossing the picket line. This is largely due to the fact that the public has grown tired of their association with the Teamsters, their thug-like behavior towards nurses who chose to go to work and help sick people, and their failure to even meet with management. Their support from the public is also dying out.

So what do Katie Murphy do to make things better? She decided to sit down with a reporter from Jacobin Magazine, a socialist media outlet, to bad mouth the Worcester cops and make it clear that this is about much more than working conditions. Here’s some exerpts:

Tenet has spent millions of dollars on the strike, including hiring replacement nurses and paying the Worcester Police Department to patrol the picket line.

Oh my God! A hospital hired nurses to heal the sick because the nurses they employ were refusing to work? How horrible! They should just let people die I guess. And maybe if the nurses didn’t associate with threatening and menacing Teamster thugs there wouldn’t be a need for the Worcester Police to be there in the first place.

Boston Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) members Alexandra Bruns-Smith and Matthew Erlich recently spoke with ICU nurse and MNA president Katie Murphy about the Saint Vincent strike, the horrors of for-profit health care, and democratic socialism. Their conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

Q: What should people know about the nurses’ strike at Saint Vincent?

A: In 2018, we took safe staffing to the ballot in Massachusetts because legislators showed no interest in making it law. At that time, hospitals were saying [safe staffing] should be settled at the bargaining table. So, in 2019, Saint Vincent nurses brought [safe staffing] to the bargaining table. And Tenet had no interest in discussing this.

In 2018 the MNA was pushing for a Yes vote on a ballot initiative that would limit the amount of patients a nurse could have. It lost overwhelmingly by over a million votes. Shockingly management had no interest in giving into their demands the next year after their horribly unpopular idea was rejected by voters.

Tenet has just refused to address this issue of staffing. [The nurses] want to get back in, but we have to go in safely.

Q: Can you tell us more about MNA?

A: When I took over this job as president, I set a goal for myself: empower our members. If we’re at the hospital, and an administrator is saying, “I’m not going to send you an extra nurse, but you’re going to take this patient anyway,” that nurse would say, “Well, then, I’m not taking that patient. That patient will have to sit in the emergency room.”

Oh great! She’s bragging about how she’s telling nurses to tell sick people who need urgent help to sit in the waiting room and cry about it because they lost at the polls in 2018.

Q: It seems like Tenet has been spending a lot of money on this strike, and they’ve recently threatened to hire permanent replacement workers. What do you think the strike is about for them?

A: The threat to replace nurses is a scare tactic. They could not fill the empty positions before the strike. This action has solidified the nurses’ belief that this company is not trying to find a solution, and we are even stronger.

Bitch, you already done been replaced! The hospital is running find without you, and if the strike doesn’t end soon then your jobs won’t be waiting for you any longer. You’re lying to your members while getting fat off of their union dues. Nice grift you got there!

Q: We’ve heard stories about nurses and picketers being harassed by the Worcester Police Department on the picket line. The city of Worcester confirms Tenet is paying more than $30,000 a day to the police department for overtime security. What do you make of this relationship between the Worcester PD and Tenet?

A: I’m in favor of completely demilitarizing the police. The weapons in their hands and the complete lack of training in emergency situations — [we see the result] on the front pages every single day. It’s dangerous for all of us.

And there you have it folks – the MNA officially wants to defund and disarm the police. Their President, who doesn’t live anywhere near Worcester, believes that cops don’t have the training to handle guns because she saw in the newspaper one time that a cop killed someone. They’re dangerous! You can no longer say that you support the nurses and the police. They are against each other. Very smart move from the Socialist MNA.

Q: How did COVID factor into the decision to strike?

A: Under Massachusetts law, you can’t have more than two ICU patients at a time. [However, when] the governor declared an emergency, that law was suspended. Some hospitals were like, “Great, let the nurses take care of three patients and four patients.” That absolutely puts patients in danger.

According to nurses we spoke with the ICU at St. Vincent’s never had more than two patients per nurse. She’s confusing her hospitals and proving the point that St. Vincent’s nurses have it easier and better than other nurses who are actually going to work.

Q: MNA has been an outspoken supporter of Medicare for All. Where does that support come from?

A: We’re supporting Representative [Pramila] Jayapal’s bill, which provides cradle-to-grave preventative care. If I have my card, then I can go to the local clinic, get my blood pressure medicine, make sure I have insulin, make sure I know what my nutritional guidelines are. We feel that, for our patients, [Medicare for All] is huge.

“Medicare for all,” includes you too, not just your patients, dumbass. That’s what the “all” in Medicare for all means. Glad to see the MNA is officially taking the stance that they want to eliminate private health insurance companies, prevent people from choosing the plan that fits them best, and force them to get their government healthcare.

Q: As a fellow DSA member, I wanted to ask what being a democratic socialist means to you?

A: I believe that when [we’re] all comfortable, well fed and healthy, well educated, we all benefit. I think [policies] such as Medicare for All and free college are win-win. 

Oh good, the nurses union is officially a socialist organization that also wants free college. It’s a “win-win” for taxpayers to fund some nonbinary BLT-123’s degree in Gender Studies.

Q: What are the things that socialist organizations like DSA can do to support the nursing union and build relationships with labor?

A: We don’t have deep pockets, but what we have is people. And working together, building those coalitions where we are all speaking with one voice — on, let’s say, funding an unemployment system that would allow groups to feel like they could go on strike because they had the wherewithal to stay out — might be the way.

You don’t have deep pockets? You’ve been living off of union dues and unemployment for the last 12 weeks. The people who are actually going to work and getting threatened for doing so are paying these assholes to blockade entrances to the hospital.

These are Mattew Erlich and Alexandra Bruns-Smith, the two Ivy League “socialists” who interviewed their fellow socialist Katie Murphy.

Ever notice how all the people who claim to be socialists always seem to be white 20 something Ivy League trust fund babies who can’t find jobs that pay more than the kid from high school who learned a trade but think they’re owed more than him because they wasted 7 years acquiring useless degrees? I guess they can excuse their naivety on youth, but what’s Katie Murphy’s excuse? You’re a grizzled 50 something year old nurse. You’re way too old for socialism and “fuck the police” girl.

 

 

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54 Comment(s)
  • Yo Mama
    May 30, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    “I’m not going to send you an extra nurse, but you’re going to take this patient anyway,” that nurse would say, “Well, then, I’m not taking that patient. That patient will have to sit in the emergency room.”
    That’s not a nursing union problem, that’s a bitch as last ICU/floor nurse problem. We aren’t union here in Kansas but these big head bitches on the floor can’t be bothered to take a new patient and leave them as “holds” taking up our ER beds. It’s ok to burden the ED nurses with 5+ patients each and a waiting room full so THEY don’t have to take a third patient on the floor. I have worked a 12 hour shift with hold and come back the next evening and those poor patients are still sitting in the same room in ED. It’s ok because it’s someone else’s problem and someone else’s family. BUT you can bet your sweet ass when they have a family member or friend waiting hours in the waiting room to be seen, they will raise hell. Sorry hon! You are taking up the free rooms for emergencies by refusing to take on the patients the ED physician admitted.

  • Ron Jeremy
    May 30, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Do like what Ronald Reagan did to the striking PATCO air traffic controllers in 1981…FIRE THEM ALL and make them all disqualufied from working in nursing again!! Those old boomer menopausal hens…Get rid of them. Then get a new fresh crop of younger, non unionized nurses in there

  • Dan Obrien Kia
    May 30, 2021 at 10:32 am

    I would stick it in Bruns-Smith and have a good deal on a Kia for her

  • ratzzz
    ratzzz
    May 29, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    I would bang the socialist right out of Alexandra Bruns-Smith. Solid 7.

  • Karen of All Karens
    May 29, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Well, you gotta give her credit….

    She is going down anyway, may as well go down in flames!

  • RN that does not support the MNA
    May 29, 2021 at 6:12 am

    I can’t believe I pay $70 a month in order to keep my job to support these assholes. Oh and our dues are going up. I also received a recorded message on my phone from Katie Murphy urging nurses not to take jobs at St Vincent’s and to continue to support the courageous strike workers.

  • Randy Quaid
    May 28, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    I once picked up this douchebag Katie Murphy at a bar
    I was going to bang the fat bitch but her snatch smelled like the Chelsea creek at low tide

  • ANGRY GIANT
    May 28, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    “Alexandra Bruns-Smith” writes also for working-mass.com. On the “about” page, they’ve got a picture of Karl Marx.

    Marx wrote: “there is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terror.”

    Have no doubt that as we get closer to these people gaining power, the chance of you being shot is increased. Especially if you are a cop, a veteran, or a patriot.

  • The Truth
    May 28, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    All Cops Are Bastards

    • MGTOW TURTLE
      May 28, 2021 at 4:44 pm

      Who’s your Daddy
      Bitch

  • Calling Nurse Fuckface ....
    May 28, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Katie Murphy claims she and her dense co-workers see“the results every day” of the ill trained police’s brutally. That would be false, neither she nor her foolish colleagues have ever seen a patient shot up or mangled by the police. Ever. She’s a fucking liar. She has never had a patient come in the ER because of “police brutality”. Katie Murphy is a liar who just assumed that everyone reading her stupid, childish remarks would believe her because she’s so old and she’s been around so long, that she HAS TO have seen at least some examples of police brutality. She’s never seen any victims of cop cruelty, EVER. Fucking liar.

    • PS- nurse fuckface
      May 28, 2021 at 11:10 am

      Oh, yeah…. I assume if Katie Murphy the fucking liar actually DID see the horrific results of police brutality, she’d report it immediately to the authorities and to the press. I’m sure she would raise hell about it and use her power as a union president to call a news conference and demand action from all her political allies. Oh, right.. I forgot, Katie Murphy is a fucking LIAR who makes shit up just so gay socialist comic books will interview her and get her important story about her hopes and dreams and other lying lies she likes to lie about because she’s a fucking liar. And an old douche bag.

  • Lee Ho
    May 28, 2021 at 9:59 am

    This fool has engineered the nurses to be out of work for 4 months. She is a total failure.

    And now she wants to manage the Police Department.

    I cant stop laughing when I judge her track record.

    The nurses should demand she quit.

  • Dr. Zogg’s Bottom Line
    May 28, 2021 at 7:20 am

    Pro Tip: If this is premium healthcare personnel… I suggest living an extremely healthy lifestyle.

  • MGTOW TURTLE
    May 28, 2021 at 6:09 am

  • Know nothing union pres
    May 28, 2021 at 1:38 am

    I thought everyone over the age of 9 knew that the company subject to the striking employees IS FORCED TO HIRE POLICE to maintain peace, by law!!!

    !!This could be seen as a punishment (against the hospital) and incentive to settle the contract and HELPS THE NURSE’s UNION!!

    Wow, this lady is really, really, really dumb.

    It must be true- socialists are the stupidest people on this planet!!’

  • G Ber
    Fake ER Fake Fake Fake
    May 28, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Ever go to an emergency room at 8pm (Umass medical) and wait in silent pain with an acute sudden painful breathing problem, then after being ignored because you look strong and healthy you leave on your own at 4am, completely ignored, problem came back a week later but fuck the nurses for being selfish because of their (fight against management) and knowing this occurs year after year after year after year. Why spend the night on duty in ER on a weekend when you can just stay home and watch Netflix. They deserve nothing. Fuck you bitches with your big buck positions

  • Gas Pipe Casso
    May 27, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Does this Douche nozzle realize that while she and her cronies are striking, complete with their pets and kids in strollers, and singers singing, tripping the crosswalk signals on 4 corners near the entrance to the hospital, (as if disrupting traffic at the entrance to the hospital isn’t enough to make a statement) that she just made her cause even more pathetic than it already is? They’re surrounded by a full shift of police officers 18 hours a day, and the PD does support them, as they’re both union. She just publicly announced that the very people that are there to protect them, are not wanted, untrained, and should be defunded.

    TB summed up the entire story of this clown in the title. The cops shouldn’t even show up tomorrow…..

  • Boe Jiden
    Anne Ramsey....
    May 27, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    I was featured in “Throw momma from the train” and had a role in “Goonies”.
    I’m also a burnt out nurse masquerading as a Union Head.
    Throwing shade where i should not.
    Except, I’m so fat that my shade is killing the crops.
    Great Job Nurse Ratchet! You must be a hit with your fellow Union Members.

  • Randy Ryder
    North of the Border
    May 27, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    And they still can’t figure out why unions in the private sector are circling the bowl. Fucking brain surgeons they ain’t.

  • Victory Lane
    Swanky
    May 27, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    Alex – whaddup? – call me.

  • Linda Coralyn
    BEND OVER
    May 27, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    They tried putting it to a vote, it failed spectacularly. They tried arbitration, that also bombed big time. So knowing that the citizens of Massachusetts and a union arbitrator did not follow their ideal working conditions, someone still said “ hey! It’s a pandemic! What better time to push our agenda? We’ll get what we want when they start dropping like flies!!!”
    How long have you been taking this friggin temper tantrum and harassing actual caregivers who stepped in to pick up your slack? What kind of morons would pay dues to a union with such a loss record? Idiots

  • MNA Kamikazekamikes
    May 27, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Katie Murphy worst leader ever.

    Katie Murphy sent her brainwashed nurses on strike, walking away from high paying careers during a pandemic. Now their jobs are being filled and savings erased.

    The strike is a complete failure planned and led by failures. If you have an ounce of sense go in tomorrow and beg for job back.

    #FAILURE #SelfPreservation

  • Two Patch Crappy Jack
    May 27, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    The police would patrol the picket line regardless who was striking! It could be a church load of Nuns on strike and they’d have to be there. This lady is a nurse? She doesn’t seem rational or very smart. It’s the k, they are all going to be out of work very soon….

  • MNA Wants to take your health care away
    May 27, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    So the president of the MNA nurse union wants to take away the gold plated health insurance that the union itself won at the bargaining table and replace it with government health care that everyone is forced to have?!

    Why do nurses pay union dues to have the union bargain for better health insurance than Medicare provides when the union wants to strip their insurance plan from them? Does this woman even know what she is saying?

    Does that mission statement go out with the dues bill every month when they payroll deduct the nurses?

  • Joe Riden
    May 27, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Even though that blonde reporter chick is a “socialist” I’d still dump my dna juice in that.

    • Greta Thunberg
      May 27, 2021 at 5:04 pm

      HOW DARE YOU???!!!!!

  • Truth
    May 27, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    Winner: Tenant Heathcare

    Losers: Striking St. V’s nurses

  • WeRFucked
    May 27, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    “Alexandra Bruns-Smith”

    Fucking bitches and their hyphenated names. Cunts. Every one of them. Too good to take the name of their husband. That’s feminism folks.

    • ELIZABETH W.
      May 27, 2021 at 11:14 pm

      Husband? how cis-hetero of you! Did you ever stop to think it might be the name of her wife?

  • Asclepius
    May 27, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    These people are too hateful to be in a supervisory role over the vulnerable!

    They must be terminated immediately!

  • I miss the old America
    May 27, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Go away Kate. Just like police I’m not gonna hate on all nurses cuz a few are shit bags and ruin it and ultimately for the rest. God help this woman if she ever needs the police when her life or her family’s is in danger. Typical libtards, you hate the police so much but call them on a matter like when you see someone without a fucking mask or a ” racist” Halloween display that triggers you…yea I’m talking about that old squirrel looking cunt bag in Hingham last year!

  • Mr. Wood
    May 27, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    Pssst…the blond. Mr. Wood would. By the time I’m done with her, she’ll be a Trump supporter.

    • Captain Trips
      Captain Trips
      May 27, 2021 at 6:49 pm

      Yes. She needs the liberal pounded out of her.

  • D.B. Cooper
    May 27, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Fuck this commie cunt and all the people like her.

  • Victor Moth
    May 27, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    So all of the nurses in Maskachusetts are now a buncha pinko commies….great, just what we need.

  • Bridge St Crew
    May 27, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    Despite the radical views (and physical appearance) of the MNA president Katie Murphy, I am confident that the Worcester Police Department will continue to work tirelessly to ensure peace on the picket line for the picketers, the teamsters, the people traveling to and from the hospital, employees, visiting nurses, lost souls, the motoring public etc., etc.

  • Metro West Guy
    Nurse Ratchet
    May 27, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    The plan to take guns and funds away from Law Enforcement is the plan of a child. This woman and those like her who publicly throw around this harebrained idea lack credibility and should not be taken seriously in any way.

  • Observer X
    Westerly
    May 27, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    CODE BLUE !! We’ve got a couple of butter faces:
    Katie Murphy and Marie Ritacco

  • CONN
    May 27, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    I think that’s the Quaker Oats guy

  • The Spic Tormentor
    Spic Tormentor
    May 27, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Everyone I know who calls themselves a “democratic socialist” is a complete failure in all aspects of their life yet they believe they know how a country should run.

  • Hugh Mungous
    May 27, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    The only way to deal with defund the police people is to knock them right the fuck out. Let them call the ACLU. I took pleasure in giving the middle finger and telling the crowd of all white people in front of a church in Malden with Black Lives Matter signs a bunch of faggots the other night. Not one of those cocksuckers with their masks on even attempted to confront me.I’m doing my part to take back civility, confront these fucking assholes.

  • Bill
    May 27, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    The Covid 19 saints in surgical garb dancing in the operating rooms and going down a hallway on a gurney rowing like it was a boat. They are so full of shit.

  • hartf811
    Boris
    May 27, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    I hear that they are recruiting RN’s in Minsk.
    Pays not great but college is free.
    She might get some drunk Russian to give her the high hard one again.

  • Boston Irish
    Boston Irish
    May 27, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    Shameful cunt. Move to Russia!!

  • Earl
    May 27, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    Hey striking nurses! How’s that working out for ya? LOL

    • Harry Callahan's Aunt
      May 27, 2021 at 3:27 pm

      The average nurse makes about 100g’s so by my estimation those idiots have lost about 25 grand that they’ll never get back.

  • Quaker Oats Guy
    May 27, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    She looks like me when I was younger and had brown hair.

  • KT
    May 27, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    Jesus Christ with a name like Katie Murphy you’d imagine half her family is in law enforcement.
    It’s unlikely that most member of the MNA share her same misguided, inaccurate view of cops.

  • Judge dread
    May 27, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Where I do have some respect for people who choose to work everyday and love working a job I mean yay for them but I also respect people like myself who tried working once but it’s just not our thing. Part of the beauty of being an American is you don’t have to work if you don’t want to. That’s why we have so many great Government programs in place.

  • Retired foundation pourer
    May 27, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    50 years of pouring foundations and I never missed a day

  • Pizza T. Hut
    May 27, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Everybody loves free stuff, but as an educated adult, I realized long ago that there’s no such thing.

  • Chadman
    May 27, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    Socialist Trustfunders want everything in the sun (free housing ,college, ebt ). But as long as it’s not in their neighborhood . They take these social Justice jobs to make themselves feel Good about themselves but have no problem spending daddy’s capitalist money in Nantucket in the summer These nurses got to wake up. They are going to loose a lot of money and the work enviornment is going to be bad when they get back.

    • RANDY ROO
      May 27, 2021 at 8:30 pm

      That’s the only reason these people (children) condone “socialism”. They’ve had nice cushy lives forever.

      -20 amp breakers
      -central HVAC
      -10′ high ceilings
      -2×12 joists and hardwood floors throughout the house
      -first car didn’t need a Puerto Rican friend to help pass inspection

      They don’t know that socialism comes with being hungry and lots and lots and lots of real life gore, which is fucking scary to see.

      Basically they’re just super dumb. But I’d still bone that chick if she asked me to.

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