Another Texas Hospital Goes Union - page 2
by Chico David RN 10,162 Views | 28 Comments
This is brand new - the vote count just finished minutes ago - and I have no more info than that bare fact, but nurses at another Texas hospital - only the second in the state (so far) have chosen union representation. The... Read More
- 7May 26, '10 by nicurn001Because employers recieve notice the legally required notice that nurses have voted for and are going to go on strike . The arguement that patients are going to be abandoned is spurios . If indeed any patient is without care when the strike starts it is because management has not taken the appropriate steps to ensure adequate staffing ie. either settle the strike , get strike breakers in to cover the positons or to transfer out patients to other facilities if they cannot get staff .
Staffing wise it is as though the staffing office is notified that a number of nurses will be off at a certain date , so they need to look at all alternatives to cover the staffing requirements .
Yes there are consequences to nurses being unavailable , but there are also consequences to inadequate staffing , how are these to be mitigated in the face of intransigent management , who would much rather care for their bottom line , than the patients straight line , consequential to poor staffing .
- 6May 27, '10 by Chico David RNQuote from Shannon DoggettDon't read everything you read in the paper. In order to promote a more civil process than occurs in some places during a union organizing drive, the union and management agreed to a set of ground rules that put restraints on both sides. There was a vigorous anti-union campaign with anti-union materials widely available throughout the hospital. And, of course, anyone who has grown up in America in the last 50 years has been exposed to a lifetime of anti-union propaganda, so it's not as if that information has been unavailable to them.Local newspapers are reporting that management was prevented from talking with nurses about the union because of an agreement HCA made with the union. So, the nurses only heard what the union told them. I guess it isn't surprising that the nurses voted to go union, but I'm not sure that being forced to vote based on one-sided information is an example of people exercising their rights. Certainly, it isn't an example of nurses taking back our profession. Instead, it looks to me like an example of nurses being sold out by their employer to a union - because now they'll have to pay dues in order to take part in any union votes.
On the other hand, what there was NOT was hospital management spending millions to bring in outside anti-union "consultants" to run a campaign of lies and intimidation, like we had when I helped organize my hospital. And there also were not "one-to-one" meetings where nurses are taken off the floor into a small room with a senior manager and harangued for hours about how voting for a union will destroy the hospital. There also were
not the instances of fraud and forgery that we had at our hospital when the union busters forged fake documents that were purported to be from the union. Without all of those things, the nurses had a chance to make a rational choice in an intimidation-free atmosphere and chose to become union members.
- 0May 28, '10 by PICUPNPQuote from Shannon DoggettThis is exactly what happened in Houston. Anti union nurses being forced to wage their campaign from a closet space somewhere in the hospital. You can believe what you read in the papers...Local newspapers are reporting that management was prevented from talking with nurses about the union because of an agreement HCA made with the union. So, the nurses only heard what the union told them. I guess it isn't surprising that the nurses voted to go union, but I'm not sure that being forced to vote based on one-sided information is an example of people exercising their rights. Certainly, it isn't an example of nurses taking back our profession. Instead, it looks to me like an example of nurses being sold out by their employer to a union - because now they'll have to pay dues in order to take part in any union votes.
- 2May 28, '10 by herring_RN Guidedel sol nurses vote to join union
by vic kolenc \ el paso times
posted: 05/28/2010 12:00:00 am mdt
el paso -- registered nurses at del sol medical center have voted to be represented by a national nurses union.
in an election tuesday and wednesday, 205 registered nurses voted to join the national nurses organizing committee-texas/national nurses united union, and 78 voted against the union, according to the national labor relations board. the agency oversaw the election.
eighty-four nurses eligible to be represented by the union did not vote, according to del sol information.
last week, registered nurses at las palmas medical center, del sol's sister hospital, also voted 151-71 to join the nurses union. both hospitals are owned by hca inc., a national hospital chain…
…monica sanchez, a registered nurse at del sol and an organizer for the nurses union, said, "everyone is really excited to be part of a union. we need a stronger voice, a collective voice to be able to provide better care, safer care for patients."
sanchez said she wanted a union because she sees that as a way to get a contract stipulating lower patient loads for nurses at the hospital, "for the good of patients."…