August 10 - 1981: Nurses go on strike at Cape Cod Hospital

1913: When Cape Cod used to get its power from the wind. 1969: Rainy July hurt Cape business
In 1981 nurses went on strike at Cpae Cod Hospital causing an evacuation of 240 patients. MNA photo.

1913: Windmills Still Turn on Cape Cod

Old-Time Relics That Remind You of Holland Stay on the Job in Spite of Their Advanced Age

On this day in 1913, the New York Times featured the beauty of our windmills which still dot the Cape's landscape.

"Is this Holland?" asked a six-year-old boy from New York of his mother as he saw an old windmill on Cape Cod when he alighted from the train.

And well the lad might have exclaimed, for one time Cape Cod's shorelines was dotted with windmills from Ptown to Sandwich on the bay side and from Bourne to Chatham on the soundside.

Cape Cod had hundreds of them for grinding corn and for pumping saltwater ashore into the shallow salt ponds where the sun evaporated the water and left the salt to be sold. The 130 wind turbines on Nantucket Sound soon will pale in comparison.

See the Times story below:

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1969: Cape Cod's July: Weather effects mixed

Most hurt were motels and restaurants

On this day in 1969 the New York Times reported that a rainy July has pushed New England's vacation business below that of a year ago, notably on Cape Cod. But retail store volume, allowing for higher prices is running consistently above 1968, with gains for 1969 to date ahead of the national average.

The weather has hurt trade chiefly in motel and hotel bookings, restaurant, and concession operations.

1981: Nurse union wants 20% increase; CCH offers 9%

240 patients evacuated, Nurses vote for a strike 231 to 2

On this day in 1981 the Registered Nurses at Cape Cod Hospital went on strike after rejecting a last-minute contract offer by the hospital. The hospital evacuated 240 patients last week in anticipation of the walkout.

The only hospital units to remain open were the radiation therapy center and the emergency room, for life-threatening situations. Nurses began picketing the hospital when the strike started this morning at 7 o'clock. The 300-member bargaining unit of the Massachusetts Nurses Association yesterday rejected the hospital's latest contract proposal by a vote of 231 to 2. They had originally asked for a one year package with a 20 percent salary increase but had agreed to settle for 15 percent. Under the contract that expired Friday, a nurse's starting salary was $288.48 a week; the maximum was $336.91.

The hospital's final offer, which came after a 13-hour negotiating session, was a 9 percent increase for each year of a two-year contract.

Today the hospital is the Cape's largest employer with over 4,000 on staff.


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