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- Feb 8, '12 by nicurn001If you follow the proper steps ( is there a reason to wait until August ?) then I will not argue against your choice of action . If the union representing you is doing a poor job , then it deserves to be kicked out .
Whilst I am pro union , I have heard that your representation of the SEIU is accurate , which is the reason that if an employer can choose its union , that is their choice . Remember though as in employers , not all unions are the same , so if you are not against unions ( eg. don't fit your political beliefs ) then look at other unions that represent nurses .
Also if your employer was good to all your fellow nurses , the union would not have got enough to vote for it to get in . Has your employer changed its ways , if not what will you do in future to ensure that you and your fellow employees will create a better work enviroment in which most employees will be happy to work ?
- Feb 8, '12 by royhanosnwhen getting rid of the union, make sure you approach your administration. Most small places with out a union, get along better as long as administration is approachable and open door policy. If your part of a chain of hospitals, you need to talk with the boss of the chain, not the local rep boss.
- Feb 8, '12 by nicurn001Quote from royhanosnI think although administration may wish the union to be decertified , it is probably something they would not wish to become directly inolved in and it may even be illegal for them to do so .when getting rid of the union, make sure you approach your administration. Most small places with out a union, get along better as long as administration is approachable and open door policy. If your part of a chain of hospitals, you need to talk with the boss of the chain, not the local rep boss.
If a facility became unionised , it was because the employees were either unable to approach admin or it was unreceptive to those approaches . So before decertification you need to be very sure that admin will in future be interested in it employees or you will return to a situation as bad as if not worse than before a union was in place .
- Feb 8, '12 by LostButMakinGoodTimeWe are required to wait until 90 days before the expiration of the contract to begin efforts to decertify. SEIU is not a nursing union, and isn't even really a healthcare union. The local at our facility has over 1400 members. We have not had a union meeting in 3 years, even though the local's charter requires it. When questioned about the lack of meetings, lack of representation, etc., the local replies "nobody comes to them anyway". The SEIU takes in over 1 million dollars per year in dues from just this facility. Oddly enough, we are the only unionized RNs in this area, but we are the lowest paid RNs working in a level one teaching facility.