New national nurses union forms - page 16

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A new national union of up to 154,000 registered nurses was created in Phoenix today, replacing one of the most aggressive nurse unions in the industry and combining its membership with two other nurse-only labor groups to form... Read More


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    additionally everyone needs to realize that those at the top of management have contracts! yes contracts, just like the ones that they seek to deny the workers! also they join together in groups--unionize if you will-- but they call it the chamber of commerce or various lobbying groups, and they hire some folks to post on web-sites (like this one) acting all concerned (aka concern trolls). too often they use their collective strength against the workforce long before any individual can act. ceo’s get bonuses not just for promoting the long-term success, but for short term profits! profits that are too often realized from borrowing against assets, breaking companies apart, and then bankrupting. there are more accounting scams than can be noted here, but the bottom line is the only way we defend ourselves as a middleclass is through the democratic process of organizing. friends, there might have been a more innocent time when we could just trust in the goodwill of strangers like blanche dubois, but today too many companies profit through tricks and traps, many of which you never see until it is too late. we’ve all seen it happen to others. it takes a huge dose of cognitive dissonance to ignore the possibility of being their next victim.
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    I've read all the posts on here and I find it funny that some who are in support of unions have decried the fact that CEOs are making thousands of dollars at the worker's expense. Yet, these same people are not crying out at the fact that union leaders are making thousands of dollars as well.

    I am not a union supporter. There will be no Norma Rae moment for me where I jump up on the nurse's station and hold sign saying "union". The reason I am not a union supporter is because I have seen the bad side of being a union member.

    I am also not a union supporter because many times unions become too political. Instead of spending time and resources on it's union members, many unions are focusing in on supporting politicians and legislation. I can't be a part of something that may support a politician or a piece of legislation that I don't agree with.

    Some have used the UAW and the auto industry as examples in support of and against unions. Although the collapse of the auto industry cannot solely be placed on the UAW, the UAW shares part of the blame. At a time when the auto industry needed the union to be flexible, the UAW was unwilling to bend.

    Start the flaming now.
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    Quote from PICUPNP
    I love how you keep skirting around the issue. If you have to pay dues to be employed, that is forced unionism. It's absolutely ridiculous to have to pay for employment. This has nothing to do with democracy, just simple facts.
    One could also call paying taxes on money earned, paying for employment. That's mandatory, paying union dues isn't! A democracy assures that all people have equal opportunity, not freedom from paying any fees arising from their employment or professional affiliation! We also pay Medicare, unemployment insurance, etc., etc. :spin:
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    Quote from picupnp
    some of my stance is about $$$$. it's those dollars that we work so hard to earn and support ourselves. conversely, i don't know any nurses making the $200k/yr like your united union leader.
    what proof have you of that claim?

    the other part of my stance revolves directly around forcing nurses to pay dues. it's ridiculous. how so?

    especially dues that contribute to someone making exponentially more money than those who are paying them.how do you know that? i know that you all (?) like to hide behind the "democratic process" as a way to explain the closed shop issue, but it is forced unionism regardless of what is said on this forum. i, for one, am glad that there are organizations out there making it hard for you to spread your union nationwide.
    it seems that the accusations you've hurled at unions, are unfounded. prove your points, or don't make them.
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    Quote from PICUPNP
    My argument rests in the fact that unionization shouldn't be forced on RNs. I'm a firm believer in Democracy but not the way unions use it to hide behind.
    It seems you also believe that, since you should be able to work in a union shop without joining a union, you somehow are entitled to the benefits of their contract without any obligation on your part.

    In other words, a handout.
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    Quote from schroeders_piano

    Some have used the UAW and the auto industry as examples in support of and against unions. Although the collapse of the auto industry cannot solely be placed on the UAW, the UAW shares part of the blame. At a time when the auto industry needed the union to be flexible, the UAW was unwilling to bend.

    Start the flaming now.
    No flaming here, but this isn't quite true. When the auto industry was crying the blues, the unions had already agreed to major rollbacks.

    I can't for the life of me figure out why it's the union's fault that management made lousy decisions about marketing, design and corporate structure.

    ETA ... as for the bad side of unions, there surely is one. The difference is that while I can't fire an idiot in management, I can fire an idiot in my union. In every union I've been in, the local officials and reps are elected. If you have a bad, unresponsive union, do something about it. Don't wait for it to be done for you.
    Last edit by heron on Dec 31, '09
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    Quote from heron
    No flaming here, but this isn't quite true. When the auto industry was crying the blues, the unions had already agreed to major rollbacks.

    I can't for the life of me figure out why it's the union's fault that management made lousy decisions about marketing, design and corporate structure.

    The auto industry had asked the UAW to be more flexible on some issues years before the industry was crying the blues. The major rollbacks agreed to came after the auto plants and part manufacturing plants started to close and UAW workers were losing jobs left and right.

    I'm not saying it was the union's fault that management made very poor decisions with marketing, design, and coporate structure. When it came to personnel matters (benefits, payrates , hiring, etc.) the unions did play apart in it.
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    Quote from schroeders_piano
    The auto industry had asked the UAW to be more flexible on some issues years before the industry was crying the blues. The major rollbacks agreed to came after the auto plants and part manufacturing plants started to close and UAW workers were losing jobs left and right.

    I'm not saying it was the union's fault that management made very poor decisions with marketing, design, and coporate structure. When it came to personnel matters (benefits, payrates , hiring, etc.) the unions did play apart in it.


    As I would expect them to do ... it's their job to protect those things as much as possible. I'd dig in my heels, too, until it was proven that corporate and shareholders were doing their fair share to keep the company afloat as well as the workers.
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    I'm not looking for a handout because there is nothing that the unions have or provide that I would want.
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    PS- If they were ever to organize in Texas, the unions would be giving handouts because we, Texans, wouldn't be obligated to pay the ridiculous dues that those in forced unionism states have to pay.


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