Top 10 Reasons Against Unions - page 6
top ten reasons why we don't want a union 10. the union doesn't write my paycheck. 9. unions would rather cause problems than work together. 8. union scale means the best workers are... Read More
Jul 6, '12Also forgot to add- there are nursing persons working here who have been there for 21, 30 and 40 years!! Don't look , Ethel, their still walking on their own 2 legs!! and not forced into retirement because they don't belong to the "Young and the Restless". My god- I thought they shot and killed all of us old timers once we hit 50, I must be in the right place!!
Jul 10, '12This is an old post......the OP hasn't posted in a really long time......I don't think they'll be back.
There was once I wasn't sure that collective bargaining was what nursing needed. That was 20 years ago and now I feel very different. If nurses could just stand together...think of what we could accomplish. Like the Police and Firefighters we need to form a Sister/brotherhood and support each other. Fight for pensions, insurance after retirement, decent benefits, working conditions/staffing ratios, and pay.
United we could stand very strong!
Sep 23, '12I've worked union AND non union, and until my nursing union responds to my questions about strike ethics I am not a supporter of unions. Unions are bullies. I will vote for who I want when I want. This is America. Businesses should be able to hire who they want, when they want without the threat of violence. I am a nurse--if the nurse's aide/messenger is busy and my patient needs blood I will run to the blood bank and get it--ethically, it IS my job and the excersise won't kill me.
Violence, Vandalism, and Violation of civil rights during strikes must be stopped. Unions must protect workers rights WITHOUT violating their members right to disagree. If I don't agree with what we're striking for, I'm not striking.
Get over yourselves, unions. You're necessary but you're not God.
Sep 23, '12What violent strikes are you talking about? And when has a union forbidden a nurse to retrieve blood from the blood bank?
Sep 24, '12Unions will allow workers to negotiate a contract--otherwise, workers have no say in the conditions in which they work.
Unions have language that make differences if one were to be laid off.
There's increases in pay that workers can negotiate. Otherwise, raises are not guarenteed nor are they at regular intervals.
Unions give a worker the opportunity to go through a grievence process should a worker feel they are wronged.
Unions protect worker's jobs should they need to go out on a leave ie: workman's comp
Some unions allow for paid professional development and further education
There are many pros and cons to any organization. Unions can and do push a political agenda. However, those parts of union activities are strictly on a "get as involved or not as you want to be" type scenarios.
Sep 24, '12Quote from mene19Wow. This is a mess. None of it makes any real sense.I've worked union AND non union, and until my nursing union responds to my questions about strike ethics I am not a supporter of unions. Unions are bullies. I will vote for who I want when I want. This is America. Businesses should be able to hire who they want, when they want without the threat of violence. I am a nurse--if the nurse's aide/messenger is busy and my patient needs blood I will run to the blood bank and get it--ethically, it IS my job and the excersise won't kill me. Violence, Vandalism, and Violation of civil rights during strikes must be stopped. Unions must protect workers rights WITHOUT violating their members right to disagree. If I don't agree with what we're striking for, I'm not striking.Get over yourselves, unions. You're necessary but you're not God.
Sep 25, '12As a union delegate, I am no bully. And I am not sure where you get the violence from, so I have no particular comment on that aspect. I respectfully decline to get involved in the political bru-ha-ha of that side of the union. I vote how I choose to vote, as that is my personal life, not my work life, and I am careful and mindful to differentiate the two.
It is all in the art of negotiation. It is a well written and well executed contract. It is a no strike clause that allows negotiation some other way. It is taking multiple views into consideration and and trying to get to middle ground.
Now. I do get that some members of some unions are dilligent and militant. But again, that is in any sort of scenario that drives a business, not exclusive to unions. (and that drives politics, the running of our country and the like).
On a completely different note, mene19, WHY would you send a messenger to get blood that you would be ultimately responsible for?
If this is a messenger/aide issue, I can see their point. If they get your patient's blood for you, and an adverse reaction occurs, that could be on them (ie: the timing of getting it to the floor, blood can be rendered unusable, all sorts of scenarios) which then could be on you as the licensed person......
Strike ethics are detailed in the union contract. Get a copy, read it, ask questions for any misunderstandings or clarifications.
I don't think there is one person who could argue that unless one is independently wealthy, we all have to work, so striking when one doesn't have a no strike clause in their union contract would perhaps be a last resort.
Sep 25, '12I think mene19 is a nom de guerre and that this contributor has a axe to grind , from the only other contribution they have made on allnurses , the violence they reference was based on an incident 20 years ago !, what relevance that has to do with present circumstances I don't know .If that if the only occurence of violence that can be referenced it shows their case is spurious , if nurses and their unions were so violent you should be able to find many examples to reference .
It is a waste of time to debate this person because they have started this their second thread as an agent provocateur , simply to get a reaction .
Although on one thing I partially both unions (and in non unionized facillities ) management should respond to nurses queries we HR policies and work place related / personel matters .
Sep 25, '12I love a lively debate!! LOLOLOL
Seriously, I don't take too kindly when perhaps some fresh, new nurses read something like the OP and not have the benefit of a debate showing both sides.
Sep 28, '12After reading all the posts the union nurses have left, I want to be union so,so,bad. Nursing has become horrible. Patients are suffering and nobody seems to care. The facilities short you on everything and expect you to provide impossible care. They allow things to go on and look away, until you upset someone or complain too much. Then they don't have to look to far to find a reason to fire you. After all, we do what we have to do with what they give us to work with (which isn't much). I just don't know how to go about unionising.