florida nusing unions

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    Any one here in a union in fl? are you happy with who represents you?
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    I was wondering the same thing. I also posted a thread to find out if any nursing unions exist. I would guess not due to the disappointing salary nurses have in Florida.
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    i know there is at least 1 that has 6 hca hospitals it it SEIU.i was in 1 in ks. it was an umbrella of the aft. our hospital is ripe.I would like to see some contracts they have gotten.
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    Yes I work for a HCA hospital.. The union has done nothing but bad things for us.
    For example raises 2% max which no one can max out the 2%,Non union 4%. Also we have to be clocked out for over a hour before getting overtime non union get over time after shift ends. And also we get no 15min breaks due to the union did not write it in. Are union rep does nothing for us just wants the title union rep. I hope we soon get to vote them out..
    Angie O'Plasty, RN likes this.
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    which union is it?
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    I am curious,why did you let that contract pass?
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    I worked at a hospital in which there was a union here in Brevard County. Unfortunately, Florida is right to work state, so unions don't really do any good.
    When I started at the hospital the union approached us at orientation to "join" the union. We basically gave money to some unknown benefactor, and had 'representatives' that would bring nursing issues to the board of the hospital. They did do contracts for salaries, etc., but really it was all up to the board due to state laws. I really thought that the only benefit of the union was that our concerns were heard (not really ever paid much attention to however).
    I now work for a Magnet hospital in the same county. Magnet seems to work much better than any union. Nurses voices are heard, nurses hold high administrative positions, staffing and pay are always fair, recognition for career advancement, etc.
    Unions are basically useless in hospitals here in the great state of Florida.
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    Quote from kleinbbc
    Yes I work for a HCA hospital.. The union has done nothing but bad things for us.
    For example raises 2% max which no one can max out the 2%,Non union 4%. Also we have to be clocked out for over a hour before getting overtime non union get over time after shift ends. And also we get no 15min breaks due to the union did not write it in. Are union rep does nothing for us just wants the title union rep. I hope we soon get to vote them out..
    The better circumstances for the non-union members are actions the hospital administration is taking to try to get rid of the union. Rest assured, as soon as (if) the union is gone, everyone will be treated equally badly! I've heard nothing but bad things about HCA for all the decades I've been in healthcare.
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    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
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    Unions served a purpose once, long ago. Now however, unless you like paying to have lawyers and politicians run (ruin?) your business..... I've never had a good experience with a union in any industry so far (theater, govt., tech., and working on health care).
    Please keep them out of Fla.
    Sincerely,
    451'F


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