To be, or not to be, that is the question. - page 2

by PennyWise

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My place of employment has a very aggressive union trying to get the workers to unionize. The mud slinging between the hospital and the union reps has become overwhelming. Its starting to look like there will be a vote on... Read More


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    i have mix feelings about unions, is like having car insurance policy the only time you miss it is when you get into an accident. although, every time i been a part of a union it has been strictly a nurses union, i would read all the pros & cons before joining... good luck...aloha~
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    GitanoRN puts it well , I view my membership of a union as an insurance against the changability of management , most of the time many can get along well with their facilities management , but when managements ethos changes , or even your floor manager changes , you can suddenly find yourself vulnerable without any support system to reduce your vulnerability , that is when a strong active union is valuable to you .
    There have been many threads on AN which have debunked the idea that because you are a good nurse who is well networked with management , this secures your position , unfortunately that is not true ,once managemnt decides you are superfluous you will be out of there if you are not covered by a union contract .
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    After reading the viewpoints expressed here, I think I've come to a better understanding of the situation unfolding around me. At first, the question in my mind was whether or not unionizing was a good idea. Now, its as much about doing it right if you are going to do it at all.

    I do believe a union that tries to be everything to everybody in the end becomes nothing and helps nobody. My observations at my former place of employment play a role in this belief, but they are not the sole reason I feel this way.

    So, in the end, since the union in question wants to spread its focus across such a large spectrum of clients instead of focusing on nursing, they are not a good choice IMO. Whether or not I want to unionize is secondary because even if I do want to, I don't want to do it with a union that includes so many groups outside of nursing.

    When the time comes to say yea or nay...............I'll be voting against unionization. Its more a case of me saying no to this specific union's way of doing things than to unionizing. Perhaps later on down the road a chance to unionize with a more focused union will present itself.

    We all float down here.
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    Why not work to get the union you prefer , our employer had enterred an agreement with a union , we nurses looked at this decided we did not wish to join a non specific union , contacted a RN only union , they took the necessary steps to get upon an election and we voted them in.
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    Quote from nicurn001
    Why not work to get the union you prefer , our employer had enterred an agreement with a union , we nurses looked at this decided we did not wish to join a non specific union , contacted a RN only union , they took the necessary steps to get upon an election and we voted them in.
    That is a much better option IMO. Im not familiar with how to get the ball rolling on doing it though.

    We all float down here.
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    make sure that you to read before you sign....aloha~
    Last edit by GitanoRN on Jun 6, '12
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    Look at the states nursing associations , to see if they do collective bargaining or look at the NNU site , which I believe has links re. organizing .

    I can't swim so I don't float .
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