Another Texas Hospital Goes Union - page 3
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... Read More
Jul 12, '12The 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.
Aug 3, '12Do 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?
Aug 4, '12Nothing 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.