Quote from HU_nurse
I am a student nurse who will be graduating in May. Over the summer I externed at a wonderful hospital in Los Angeles that was a union hospital. I asked the recruiter what that meant and she got all secretive and said that it wasnt her place to tell us what the union was all about, that it was a personal decision that we would all have to make eventually. She made it seem like it was some secret society and said she chose not to join the union b/c of "personal reasons" but that we should make our own decision. WHAT?!?!
My question is: what is this union business all about and why does everyone get so weird whenever we ask about it????
I am so glad that you ask this question. I am an RN with 20 years of experience and have worked in both union and non-union Hospitals.
When you are a member of a union you have two contracts, one with your union and one with the hospital. If you are looking at joining a union you should look at the rules of membership(constitution and bylaws) Unions can make their own rules about dues, fines, fees and how they want to spend the dues collected. Usually about one tenth of dues collected are actually spent on the members and collective bargaining of contracts, the rest is spent on paying people to organize other hospitals, buying food for potential members, mailing flyers, putting ads in the paper, and donatiions to political organizations and candidates that you may or may not agree with.
I personally choose to work only in non-union hospitals. I just don't choose to hire someone else to represent me with my employer. I am more than capable of negotiating my own deal. I am a professional!!!
I think people should be rewarded financially for being exceptional and not put on a grid making the same as everyone else with the some longevity. I have worked with 20 year nurses that don't deserve the same pay as a 5 year nurse, so to reward people solely on seniority is appalling to me and that is EXACTLY what unions profess to be "fair". They consider merit pay to be favoritism. I do not.
The reason your recruiter probably got so weird about it, depends on what hospital it was. If it is a Tenet hospital, CNA and Tenet made an agreement that NO management would give any response except for a pre approved (by CNA)scripted statement to employees, if they say anything further, legal action can be taken against the employer.
I hope this helps.