Are you all under one umbrella or does each state have their own union. Has there been talk of an international union.
The UPMC sounds like they are already heading you off at the pass.
All I know is if there is a union there will be union and non union hospitals and if staffing is a problem the union can handle staffing thus you get to move around and determine your work schedule the way you want it.
I could work any newspaper in the world and was guaranteed to be hired.
We had the right to substitution and could hire a substitute and not be charged with any disciplinary action.
We got a month vacation per year.
Fully paid medical, dental, eyeglass and prescription co-pay.