CNA set to strike at Oakland Children's Hospital - page 3
As usual, the cna is again about to have their nurses at the childrens hospital in Oakland walk out and abandon patients over an increase in insurance premiums! The nurses at this particular hospital... Read More
Nov 20, '10 by ominousIt has nothing to do with quaking at the knees!! LOL!!! Unions don't scare me, its all the other stuff that comes with them. Senority based system(I've been here for 11yrs), dues, dues being used to advance political parties, strikes, no guarantee that they can come across with whats promised, etc...
Nov 20, '10 by nicurn001Quote from ominousseniority benefits by reducing recruitment / retention costs , as staff know their compensation will grow with the passage of time and not drop below what new employees are paid . keeping up educationally is rewarded by a clinical ladder.the euthamistically named merit system is simply a modern version of a monarchial tutelage system whereby those who jump to the leaders whims are favored .it has nothing to do with quaking at the knees!! lol!!!i believe you , but some whilst extolling the pwer of the individual nurse , then say that nurses are too weak to go through the canvassing that occurs during a union recruitment process ( hence the quaking at knees comment ) unions don't scare me, its all the other stuff that comes with them. senority based system(i've been here for 11yrs), dues, dues being used to advance political parties, strikes, no guarantee that they can come across with whats promised, etc...
i view my dues as i do insurance . in this case i am insuring that my employer doesn't change the terms of my employment at whim , that they cannot fire me without just cause and that if i need support or we the nurses feel change is necessary we can speak as a group rather than individually , as in the example herring gave above .
i feel unfortunately in all democracies there are parties that either support those with money / power or labor , it is much better that the union supports those who support policies beneficial to employees . sure as anything management supports their advocates with money that could be used for the benefit of the staff and patients they have .so while i understand your point , until / unless we find another way to finance our political parties i would much rather the money goes to those favorable to policies , beneficial to labor .
strikes occur when there is an impass between the two sides , after a vote of the nurses have occurred . so it is not the sole responsibility of the union that a strike occurs . the nurses to vote for a strike must feel their managment is not prepared to negotiate in good faith and that the problem is great enough for them to strike ( no nurse myself included likes to strike , in my 30 years in nursing i have not had to strike ).
there are no guarantee's in life , the union is not a dismbodied entity it is the members , so if they remain a cohesive group management will have to come to them in a contract benificial to both sides , if the members are disunited then they will get little / nothing .
ominous you didn't say whether you have worked in a union facility ?. i try to balance my support of unions with my knowledge of working in a non union enviroment , i accept there are problems for some in union membership , but these are far less than being at the mercy of a bad employer .