Hospitals are threatening to fire health-care workers who publicize their working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic — and have in some cases followed through.
Ming Lin, an emergency room physician in Washington state, said he was told Friday he was out of a job because he’d given an interview to a newspaper about a Facebook post detailing what he believed to be inadequate protective equipment and testing. In Chicago, a nurse was fired after emailing colleagues that she wanted to wear a more protective mask while on duty. In New York, the NYU Langone Health system has warned employees they could be terminated if they talk to the media without authorization.
“Hospitals are muzzling nurses and other health-care workers in an attempt to preserve their image,” said Ruth Schubert, a spokeswoman for the Washington State Nurses Association. “It is outrageous.”
(NY) Amazon fires warehouse worker who led Staten Island strike for more coronavirus protection
- Amazon confirmed to CNBC that it fired Chris Smalls, a warehouse worker who organized a strike at its Staten Island facility on Monday.
- The company said it fired Smalls after he “received multiple warnings for violating social distancing guidelines.”
- Smalls and other employees walked out to call attention to the lack of protective measures for workers. They’re also urging Amazon to close the facility after a worker tested positive for the coronavirus. Organizers put the number of strikers around 50, while Amazon said it was less than 15.
UGH: Number of health care workers with coronavirus soars at Boston hospitals.. “Hundreds of front-line Boston-area hospital workers have tested positive for coronavirus, with the number of reported cases skyrocketing in just a week. Last week, the total number of reported health care worker cases stood at 77. The reported number jumped to 342 this week.”