jackson memorial hospital and the rest of the jackson health system, which includes jackson north, (the old parkway), jackson south, (the old deering), 2 long term care facilities, the correctional facilities health care services, womens health, holtz children's hospital and i am probably forgetting someone, 3800+ nurses alone, is a union shop. yes, florida is a right to work state but that does not mean that unions are useless. that means that if you work for the jackson health system, you do not have to belong to the union to benefit from their negotiations.
jackson employees have fought for many things through the union, a promised 40 hour week pay each week, a float pool to draw from when staffing is short, if you are in the float pool and you are a psych nurse then they will not send you to a pedi floor, and the list goes on. nurses are strongly represented on the union board and there is also one physician. university of miami hospital, formerly cedars, was a union shop but the contracts were renegotiated and the staff who remained are not union if they work for um. a complaint i heard about unions is that they are only good to go with you if you are being reprimanded and if you are being reprimanded while you are on probation, you are all alone anyway. that is very short sighted. yes they will accompany you in negotiations if you are facing any corrective or punitive action but the point is not the conditions, the point is to have a voice and be heard, right?:chuckle