Can you tell me about starting a union?

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    My hospital is going through some major changes to include a complete turnover of management. Nurses are leaving due to unhappiness and unsafe conditions. Would a union help if I could help start one and how can I get one started?
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    I would contact the union that supports a local facility or contact the NNU "National Nurses United" National Nurses United
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    Can the hospital possibly target and retaliate on those who try and get a union started?
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    Legally, technically? NO. Will they? Most likely.... Yes.
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    So it is safe to assume that trying to make one happen can make someone a target and they would possibly find reasons... I've been warned about this. It would take the entire hospital to support it? Very discouraging really.
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    very discouraging.......call them talk to a rep. But that is the sad truth.
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    Oregon Nurses Association

    Contact the Oregon Nurses' Association. They will have someone who is a "director of organizing" (or whatever that person's title is in Oregon). Organizing is a long and tedious process...and it's HARD. There are some people who are dead-set against unions and some people who just, in general, have no knowledge of what having one would do for them. I looked into it at my old hospital and met with the organizing nurse at my state's nurses' union but ended up leaving the hospital before we could see the idea through to fruition.
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    I have personal experience in meeting with a member of the California Nurses Association. This was a few years befor the NNOC was started and I believe the AFL/CIO was joined with CNA to form the NNOC. This organizer was a former AFL/CIO organizer for 20 years. He was a nice guy and seemed sympathetic-but powerless.It was rather depressing talking to him because what he essentially said was "It is all up to you." He told us it was a word of mouth thing between nurses in a hospital. You talk secretly to your nurse friends and when you think you have 51% of the nurses in the hospital to vote yes to the union- you come out in the open and ask for a vote. It was all up to the nurses with no help whatsever from the union. And yes, you will get fired and blacklisted. Happened to 3 of the people at the meeting with me about 3 months later. They were too vocal. Hospitals are very anti union, as they should be. I read in CNA literature that a hospital will spend 4 thousand dollars a nurse to stop the union. You can't get a nurse on a visa to even say the word union 'cause they don't want to be sent home. Of course, it is illegal to fire someone for organizing but you see what happens. The hospital will fire you for not checking one of the little boxes. Anyone out there feel free to correct any of this if I am wrong. It has been a few years. With so many dissatisfied nurses around the country, as perusing some of these forums on AllNurses will atest, it is strange that we can't get organized to help us get some say so in the decision making process for the nurse at the bedside. But, I am afraid that until we do get organized, we will continue to get pushed around. What is best for the patient is my focus. Just my 2 cents. k
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    ... " Hospitals are very anti-union , as they should be "... :***::***:
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    Obviously, no facility or hospital is going to want unionized nurses. I was working in a hospital several years ago that this very same topic came up. The nurses were overworked and under paid. A few of them got together and decided to contact a union representative. They came into the facility ,I'm assuming, although I never saw them or had a chance to speak with them. Management immediately started going floor to floor telling the nurses all the reasons a union would be so horrible for us. I was never told any positives, or handed a pamphlet to read or anything. Management was even somewhat threatening at times about it. Each floor voted, and in order to get the union to pass, every floor had to have a majority yes vote. Every floor voted no except the E.R. which is where the idea originated. I sometimes wonder if it would have made a difference if the union representative would have had a chance to talk to us and let us ask questions. We voted no because we were afraid we'd lose our job. Now, I'm wondering the same thing you are. Obviously, something needs done with our hospitals and nursing homes. I don't think anyone that doesn't work as a nurse can understand how much we are responsible for. It's becoming impossible to our job. Too many Pt's. and way too much to do. Do you think if we formed a union it would help? It would have to be a National Nurses Union, because if just 1 hospital did it, they would just force us to strike then hire non-union nurses to work. What are the chances of an entire State of Nurses to go Union? I think we are all so fed up that it just might work!
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