I'm moved to reiterate a comment I have made before in similar circumstances. Most nurses join this site in the regular way much like I did. I joined and read threads for a while. I eventually started to feel at home enough to post some comments. I finally started to post some threads of my own. And, while I mostly post in this area, I do visit other parts of the site as well and discuss a variety of nursing issues.
Our union (CNA/NNOC and/or NNU) is a very political union and a very vigorous organizing union. In the process, we make big enemies. We have tangled with other unions, insurance companies, powerful politicians and hospital chains. Whenever we get into one of those fights, we get one or two people who show up here with a brand new membership and are here for one purpose only - to attack us.
OsceolaRN does make two true statements: There was a "neutrality agreement" (or technically, an "election procedures agreement"). And Florida is a "right to work" state. As far as I can see, those are almost to the only two true statements in the comment.
I've spent a few days at another Florida Hospital being organized under the exact same agreement, so I have some familiarity with it.
Here's something closer to reality:
The agreement creates a number of restrictions on the conduct of both sides, to create an environment free of coercion and intimidation. Managers are forbidden from campaigning against the union. But individual staff RNs are allowed to campaign freely. The union has limited and circumscribed access to certain parts of the hospital for certain hours every day. I think the maximum was up to 90 minutes in a given break area in a 24 hour period, plus the use of a conference room for about 3 hours on each shift where nurses were free to come (or not) to get information. When an organizer moves from one place to another, they are escorted by a special monitor to record exactly when they go and come back. The union is forbidden to disparage the hospital in public or in it's public statements or literature. The union is limited to 75 days for the campaign - a really short time compared to traditional organizing campaigns. But this one took a lot less, since the organizers only got access on about October 3 and went to election by November 15. Apparently years of oppressive management had made these nurses exceptionally ready.
As a volunteer nurse, I've worked with all these organizers and they never make unrealistic promises to nurses about what they will get from a contract. They do however, show nurses factual information on what other nurses working for the same chain have achieved in their contracts.
NNU and CNA/NNOC, like pretty much all unions in nursing, do not operate its own pension plan. We do try hard to negotiate pensions in our contracts with employers, but those pensions are operated by the employers, not by the union.
If the nurses at the other hospital mentioned (Northside) were represented by a union, it was not this one. Not all unions do an equally good job for their members.
There is a very large and extremely well-funded network of people in this country who make it their work to attack unions. They produce a lot of fact-free "fact sheets". Much of that network is funded by a small group of billionaires, with money coming from companies with far-right and anti-union histories - Walmart and Coors being prominent - and from foundations set up by billionaires. Does any rational person think these folks are spending their money out of concern for workers' rights?
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