Though she be but little, she is fierce...

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We loved this ode to RN Meg Tuttle in honor of her Lifetime Achievement award this year. Susan Shepard worked with Meg for years on the Oncology floor at Sunnyside and has made many contributions to our union in her own right.


“Though she be but little, she is fierce….” W. Shakespeare

This line from Midsummer’s Night Dream fits Meg McGowan-Tuttle to a tee.  She became a union activist during the labor strike in the 80s while working at Bess Kaiser and threw herself into OFNHP work as soon as the Oncology Unit moved to KSMC in 1996. It is a good thing for all of us that she has always worked part-time, considering the huge number of hours she devotes to advocating for her union brothers and sisters.

Meg might have made a good attorney for all her powers of persuasion and negotiating, not to mention defense.  Meg claims to be shy about speaking in public, but don’t make her mad or try to push her around, especially on matters of justice and protecting other’s rights. You would always do well to have Meg on your side.

She has served as treasurer, negotiator, processor of education money requests, and served on several election committees. She has filed grievances, participated in issue resolutions, negotiated letters of agreement, represented staff on corrective actions, and given advice on how to get the most out of your benefits.

Currently, the KSMC staffing committee work is filling a lot of Meg’s hours, and she will keep at it until we are successful. Meg is always ready to meet with new hires and introduce them to working in a union atmosphere.  It gives Meg extra pleasure to watch new union members share their ideas and step up.  Knowing that we have a responsibility to bring up community standards, Meg has marched and spoken to nurses at Providence Milwaukee and at Emanuel house gatherings, encouraging them to join a union. We can expect to see Meg at union actions and events for many more years to come.

As Goethe put it: “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.!”

- Susan Shepard, RN, KSMC