I started this thread simply because it was a very hot topic on another thread where someone wanted some advice... I hope to generate some friendly discussions regarding experiences and opinions. I don't want to get blasted for starting this, no personal attacks please.
In the news for the last two weeks, we have seen evidence of unions in WI, IN, and OH fighting against enacting "right to work" laws, and limitations on collective bargaining. I believe that some unions have run amock, and even considered going to demonstrate against the unions.
This being said, the original intent of the unions was to protect workers, and I have never seen a group of employees more systematically suppressed than nurses. Mandatory overtime, being "called-off" without pay, being on-call without compensation, having systemic unsafe workplace practices, constantly worrying about workplace violence, fear of reprisal for whistle-blowing, and dealing with unsafe staffing levels seems enough to make all of us want to throw in the towel. It honestly makes me wonder why there isn't a national nursing union.
So, what are your thoughts? I know that some have fought this battle, and won. Some have fought a good battle, but lost. Have you been pleased with your decision to unionize?
Is there any good that can come out of it? Will it advance the profession of nursing? Will it stretch our already broken health care system over the edge?
I'm gonna run now.... I hate worms and fear that I may have opened a huge can of them.
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The unions are who votes in their high offices...and people forget that.
The auto-workers union is a good example of where they ruined their own profession...they got so many benefits that it priced cars to where nobody would buy them.
I beg to differ. I was the, "proud owner", of two of GMs biggest "Gems"- The Chevy Vega, and the Chevy Chevette. I have never owned more poorly designed cars in my life!! The Ford Pinto is another example of the poor quality cars then Detroit sold in the 70's and 80's.
THAT is the reason for the American automakers demise. They just turned out poory designed cars, that got lousy gas mileage, broke down for no reason and couln't be fixed, the list goes on.
I know that Auto workers were overpaid, and that did not help the matter, but ultimately, Detroit did itself in with the crap that they sold to the American public.
They lost and entire generation of car customers, when the public figured out that foreign cars might cost a little more up front, but they were by far much better quality cars, that ran better, with less things going wrong with them, and the public was hooked. The rest is history.
A foreign car that was not very good, was an Italian car, the Fiat- or as the guy in the gas station referred to it, "Fix It Again Tony"! Or for Fords, "Found On Road Dead", or Figure On Repairs Daily".
JMHO and my NY $0.02.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
Somewhere in the PACNW
Last edit by lindarn on Feb 28, '11