Another Texas Hospital Goes Union - page 3

by Chico David RN

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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


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    Quote from PICUPNP
    #1 I'm not about denying anyones right to collectively organize and bargain. I am against unions. My opinion, not others.

    #2 Smugly proud...Hmmm.

    #3 What union people think of me has no bearing on me or my practice. Sticks and stones.......

    #4 My politics...I have no politics. I don't vote by choice in any election, presidential or otherwise.

    #5 Yes. I would definitely cross a picket line at my hospital or any other where patients need care! If that makes it harder for nurses here or there to organize, so be it. Its not about money or unions, its about caring for those who need it when union idiots walk out on their patients.
    Then do it without pay ...
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    Quote from Patricia B, RN
    Then do it without pay ...
    Why without pay??
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    Quote from traveler1965
    Why without pay??

    If you are crossing picket lines simply for the patients , caring for those " abandoned " patients should be reward enough for your soul , why quibble about the little things , such as money , surely that lowers you to the level of the strikers, who , as we all know are only in it for the money !.
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    The often used reason given by strike breaking nurses for crossing picket lines , is that they are racing in to save the patients from being abandoned by the mercenary union nurses going on strike for , heaven forbid ! , money .A motivation that never would cross their altruistic minds .The lie to that is seen in the threads where a poster has brought attention to a recruitment for strike breakers , the responses , from potential strike breakers usually boil down to how much money can I get ? and how do I sign up to get some of that .
    As a union has to give prior notice of a strike , the management is aware of a potential strike , they make an economic decision upon how much to pay strike breakers . If that sum is not enough to attract enough staff then it is a MANAGEMENT decision to either keep the facility open with inadequate staffing , raise they amount they are prepared to offer strike breakers or actually negotiate a resolution to the bargaining .
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    well, here is one southern conservative who is stongly in favor for union representation for nurses. me thinks picupnp is a pinkerton agent of old.
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    Well I work in the hospital across the street from Rio Grande Regional. I have to say im not surprised they went union. We share a lot of the same doctors and staff. Let me tell you, a lot of people here are tired of the way doctors are treating nurses and other staff. Now with Doctors Hospital at Rennaisance in full operation, management are cutting hours and just plain bullying staff. We went from working 80 in two week to 72 and now want us to come in at 645 instead of 630. Mandatory late stay, mandatory overtime, no uniform allowance, no hospital laundered scrubs for staff not even surgery. I wish the union would come across the street to us!!!
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    The RNs voted last night to de-certify the NNOC/CNA at Rio Grande Regional Hospital. It's been over 2 years since the original certification.

    As an employee of RGRH, I'd like to address what I think went wrong.

    1. The organizers for NNOC were very enthusiastic about the union. Too much so for a whole lot of my coworkers. Almost every night, one or more organizers would be posted in each of the breakrooms on the units, and it became very uncomfortable for a lot of people. I heard, many times, people lamenting the hard sell they received "every time I go on break". Over the last week, my coworkers had several discussions about going as a group, to management, to seek their removal from the lounge.

    2. I and many others were tired of having to "run the gauntlet" just to get in the entry door to go to work. In their great desire to pass out papers/signs/pens/lanyards/etc., we often had to pass through 3-6 very motivated organizers along the sidewalk. I must say, they became very vehement in their protest when a nurse would exhibit non-interest in what they were selling. One particular lady chewed me out right properly when I told her was running late and didn't have time for her spiel.

    3. The union held a number of "protest" pickets in front of the hospital. Many of us felt that this was bad for our place of employment, as well as for the reputation of our staff, when they were plastered on the front page of the local paper or on the local newscast.

    4. One common tactic employed by NNOC was to provide information sessions with the lure of free food for RNs. Many people partook of these sessions (they had to know the nurses were more coming for the bbq than for the info...). Quite a few times, people that showed up to eat had their picture taken. Imagine their surprise when they showed up as the star of a fancy, hi-gloss, full color poster or Info Magazine cover. This happened just this last week to two of my coworkers...and they were not pleased to find themselves used as propaganda. This is not to mention the "cards" the nurses were asked to sign, with the assurance that it was NOT a membership card...

    Anyway, just my viewpoint from the sidelines. I was open to learn about the union, but entered the process as a typical southern conservative with admitted preconceptions. I did not enjoy this process, and feel that our workplace is worse off because of it.
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    Do you feel that the hospital was better off with the union? Short of the whole "rah rah" promotion aspect, did they actually improve working conditions at all? Were better managers hired and the staff better trained? Were patient ratios better or the same? Do you feel you received good value for your union dues?
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    Nothing changed policy-wise for the entire 2 year process, as there was no contract in place. The only thing that changed was a worsening relationship between mgmt and staff.


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