Right To Work States, hospitals are unionizing - page 2

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  1. by   WIN007
    Quote from RN1980
    come-on...man im a born conservative from brightly colered red state, but bring on them blue colored unions!
    having just looked at averge nursing salaries by state I don't blame you. Nothing wrong with looking out for your own best interests anyway. I'm not union, but the discussions have been pretty interesting.
  2. by   eagle78
    Quote from Chico David RN
    That's a few weeks back, but still pretty exciting news.
    For those who don't know: States have the option of passing so-called "right to work" laws, which ban a union shop contract. Under a union shop contract, all the workers covered by the contract at a particular place must join the union or pay a fee in lieu of joining. Most unions avoid organizing in right-to-work states, because it's so much harder to build power in that setting - which of course is the reason those laws exist. The big corporations that push for those laws don't give a rip about worker's rights, they just want weak unions. The real problem is that the law requires that those who choose not to join get all the benefits of the contract. They get all the benefits, wages etc that the union wins and if they have a disciplinary issue, the union must represent them the same as those who pay dues. It's pretty much human nature that if you tell people: "You can have all this for nothing, or you can pay for it if you want", some folks won't pay. There are unions that are successful in that environment, but not that many - you have to be in a continuous organizing mode and can never rest. If anyone can do it successfully it's NNOC, but it will be challenging.
    You are right, it can be done. Communications Workers of America (CWA) has a strong presence in Texas in spite of the right to work law.