It boils down to this , if employers treat their employees with respect ( adequate staffing , being able to take breaks , pay levels good for your location etc.), there would be no reason for staff to seek out union representation .
Unions simply through a contract ensure that the employer complies with the applicable laws , the hospitals own policies ( which cannot be changed as frequently as the wind )and the contract .
As to Classicdame's points
a) a union cannot force a facility to unionize , that is accomplished by a NLRB supervised democratic election of all those who could be unionized at the facility .
b) Seniority rules , not favoritism , we all know of brown nosers whose heads have dissapeared up managements orifice , getting all they want at the expense of good nurses who do not kow tow to management .
c)We all have restrictions re. time off , but do you want favoritism or a clear documented policy re how scheduling and vacations are done ?
d)The union has to represent its members , they cannot stop the employer firing poor employees , but simply ensures the employer has to document just cause , not fire at will . Non union facilities also have this problem , but in their case it is the underperforming management pet who is not fired .
e) JEEZ they are not interested in patient care , where have you been for the last 10 years , corporations are all about PROFIT , not patient care if it eats into profits ie. they will improve the menu but not the staffing .Whilst it was only through union led campaign that we got the safe staffing ratios introduced !.Employers to this day are fighting against this !.
This may be a generalisation but I would have thought those that support RTW , would feel they should not pay for a service they don't want , that being the case I can't understand how they feel comfortble recieving a service for which they are not paying . If you have gone through a democratic election , the union is sucessfully voted in at this point if you are honest to your principals you should not accept the benefits of the unions contract ( ie.improved pay and conditions ) , without paying for them !.