Thank you to you both. I'm not leaving the union for a management job in the same facility, however, but rather have never worked there before and know it to be union. I will probably know a person here and there who I have worked with in the past (non-union hospitals) but overall, I'd be a new person there. I guess you could call the position "middle management". Very visible on the floor, but very responsible (along with another) for the smooth, happy, and safe running of the unit.
Is it reasonable to ask to see the nursing union's contract before saying yes, along with asking for benefits, etc to be laid out?
I know as a salaried employee, I will be working longer hours (they say there are short days, too, but let's face it, how many times does it really happen that you can still work just 40 hours??). Was it spelled out to you in your employment contract how you would be compensated for overtime? I get the feeling that it's just "part of the job" and that I'll be expected to come in early and stay late. I'm ok with flexing hours, do that already with some days being insanely long and others short.
I hadn't considered that if the staff (read:union) is unhappy with changes being put in place by administration, *I* may suffer the consequences. I have been in management long enough to know that no one is happy all the time, and no way can everyone be happy all at once, but it seems like you're describing a more common scenario of "being walked out" if the transition isn't smooth. Hmmm.