Quote from Api Crab
"Unions are only as effective as their members make them..." A hospital where I work just south of San Francisco uses the union to keep non-Filipino nurses out. The same tricks get used over and over on the new higher s: "finding" an un-capped insulin needle on the food tray, then claiming the RN who just comes back from break was careless, thus get reported and written up for putting the patient in danger even though it was all a set up by the charge nurse and break relief nurse to keep the staff minimum three-quarters Filipino. What happens to the other wise good, caring nurses who get driven out of the profession when they are saddled with $50k in loans they fully intended to pay back and now cannot because it is another year of hundreds of resumes to only be turned down once again. The Philippines needs the money sent back to it by us from our paychecks, but what does it do to the American nurses who cannot get a job because only we from the Philippines get hired and get to keep our jobs while I see the lives of non-philipino nurses ruined, and all of this just to make sure the CNA Union gets its dues every month, knowing that anyone who tries to speak out will be turned on and sabotaged, even if it costs a patient's life to do it. The Callousness of the CNA union organizers is shocking in regards to traps laid to get out "trouble makers", whose sole fault may be to be latino, black, chinese, white, korean or Japanese. The money is amazing, but the moral corruption would terrify me to reveal in Confession. I'd definitely give the priest a triple dose of gentamycin before the confession of the crimes I have seen the California Nurses Union do to those who aren't Philippine-born.
I think it was Carl Sagan who said "Extrordinary claims require extraordinary evidence". You've made some pretty extreme - one might say slanderous - claims here and offered no evidence. But one can examine it on a few bases. Nurses, after all, are supposed to have critical thinking skills.
First, I'm always skeptical of people who come here and use their very first post to attack our union - or anyone else for that matter. I have to wonder what their agenda is.
Next: Your first sentence seems to imply that the hospital and the union collude in this bizarre effort. Since our union tends to have pretty adversarial relations with hospital management, that would be pretty strange in itself. But even more, it costs hospitals a lot of money to go through the process of a new hire. Why would they do such a thing with the intent of getting rid of someone, when they could simply avoid hiring them in the first place and no one would ask any questions?
What would the hospital gain by keeping non-Philipino nurses out?
What would the union gain by doing so?
Why would the union do this at this one hospital? California has a lot of Philipino nurses, so we represent a lot of hospitals with substantial minorities of Philipino nurses. We probably represent a few that have majorities of Philipino nurses. All of those seem to work fine, and all ethnic groups pay dues and participate in their union pretty much the same.
We have a couple of Philipino nurses on our board, but they are a pretty distinct minority. We have a few on our staff, but none in the very top ranks. Who would decide to carry out this program and why?
Unions have a legal obligation to provide representation to all their members. The Labor Dept. is pretty aggressive in enforcing that. If there were any evidence. And there are lots of lawyers looking for work who would be happy to sue a union with a substantial treasury. If there were any evidence. Finally, there are several very well funded organizations that the business community finances to try to destroy unions. They'd love to sue CNA over this. If there were any evidence.
I think I'll stop there, since I have to get to work. But that's enough to go on for a while.