Quote from tewdles
Unions have a place in any employment situation where the employer is not responsive to the needs and well being of the staff. Not all employers are bad and thus, not all work environments benefit from union rep.
^This!!! I concur.
We also have to remember how unions helped shaped how we have set hours...we can't just work ourselves to death, no matter if some facilities out there try to.
Even if unions are not in every facility, I hope they can move to be a support and a resource for adequate wages, wage increases, cost of living better work conditions, deterrent for workplace violence, discrimination, making work conditions favorable so we there is an opportunity to be able to enjoy the workplace, thus more career enjoyment and less burnout.; as well as improve work-life balance.
I work somewhere where there is a union. While I'm not a part of it because it is not offered to nurses because of the way our organization classifies us (since we have the ability to be a supervisor) we still have excellent benefits, flexibility, etc. The benefits are pretty lateral across the board. The atmosphere is one of the best I worked in my career.