Thomas Gounley

It’s getting to be tornado season, I see.

It’s getting to be tornado season, I see.

A Saturday sunset on West Phelps Street in Springfield.

A Saturday sunset on West Phelps Street in Springfield.

News-Leader Sunday Business front, March 30. Story here.

News-Leader Sunday Business front, March 30. Story here.

A week

Tuesday: Mercy pushes back against Springfield unionizing effort

In the first sentence of a letter to employees this week, two top executives of Mercy Springfield said that some employees “are interested in a union or believe that a union is needed here at Mercy.”

Over the next seven paragraphs, President Robert Steele and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jay Guffey detailed why they feel “a union is both unnecessary and not in the best interests of you, our hospital, or our community.”

Thursday: St. Louis union leader defends work for Mercy nurses

A union president said Wednesday that Mercy Springfield management is mischaracterizing its eight-year representation of nurses at a St. Louis hospital.

Thursday: Mercy executive now decrying unions once called for one

In December 1998, however, Robert Steele was one of 16 pediatricians at the hospital who petitioned the National Labor Relations Board for a union election.

"We’re concerned about the personal salaries," Steele said at the time. "But we’re also looking at some major problems with delivering health care to kids in Springfield."

Friday: Mercy Springfield’s president leaving for job in Arkansas

Mercy spokeswoman Sonya Kullmann did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the timing of the announcement.

News-Leader Sunday Business front, March 23. Story here.

News-Leader Sunday Business front, March 23. Story here.

Went to Columbia, Mo. Saturday to buy a new bike, a Surly Long Haul Trucker. 

Rode about 40 in and around Columbia, Rocheport and Boonville before the drive back.

The morning light creeps into Casper’s while I was there for an interview this morning.

The morning light creeps into Casper’s while I was there for an interview this morning.

News-Leader Sunday Business front, March 9. Story here.

News-Leader Sunday Business front, March 9. Story here.

Maybe journalists do need to know math after all.
(FYI: Reaching out for this story)

Maybe journalists do need to know math after all.

(FYI: Reaching out for this story)