I've been both in both union and non-union clinical settings as an RN. The non-union settings varied but tended to be very erratic on raises, bonuses and benefits. You never knew if they would be there tomorrow. Pension plans could change or be eliminated overnight. As a union RN, I have gotten steady raises and can only be fired for cause. I have an organization keeping an eye on my benefits and my pension is one of the best in the country. My union dues are high IMHO at 550$ a year but you can deduct them as a business expense if you itemize. I never thought I'd be in a union but I do like it. An example:
In my current job I have a specific description as a consultant. A political appointee wanted me to also become an employee health RN for the 4,000 employees--NOT in my job description. My union came to the table with the following....either reclassify the job with a lot more money or drop the employee health demand. It stopped being an issue that day. Never heard anything else about being an employee health RN!
Last edit by NCNocRN on May 15, '04