Quote from Shannon Doggett
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.
Don'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.
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
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.