I live in the south so unions have not made it here yet, at least not publicly.
I went to a nurses convention this summer and was appalled by the hatred and animosity that was displayed by the Texas Nurses Association members against unionized nurses there. I was going to throw up if that nurse executive said one more time: WE ARE PROFESSIONALS! WE DONT NEED COLLECTIVE BARGAINING! NURSES IN OUR STATE ARE HAPPY WITH THE WAY THINGS ARE! WE HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEED WITHOUT A UNION!
The snide comments from Texas NA people against unionized nurses really showed how resistent that organization is to collective bargaining. They vowed to do all they possibly could to keep nurse unions "out of our boundaries". Maybe thats why you dont see many nurses unions in Texas (but they are there)
Maybe some nurses in Texas should lift off that organizations blinders.
As for me, Ill never work in another non-union facility again. Im a proud New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) too.
And when Im no longer working in direct care, Ill still be a member of that great organization.
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