How Many Nurses are Glad They Have a Union - page 4

I think it would be very helpful to nurses out there to know how a union either helped them OR did not help them in their jobs as nurses.Please tell your union story are the union dues worth the... Read More

  1. by   chibear55
    I Pay Union Dues Because I Have To. I See No Use To Have A Union In Healthcare. I Would Never Strike So Therefore What Is The Use. This Isn't A Factory Tho Sometimes It Feels Like It Lol.
  2. by   showbizrn
    Quote from chibear55
    i pay union dues because i have to. i see no use to have a union in healthcare. i would never strike so therefore what is the use. this isn't a factory tho sometimes it feels like it lol.
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    union = factory status????
    how about being union staus = unprofessional.

    yeah...right!!!

    i work at a small union hospital that's owned by a large nonunion conglomerate that professes to hire staff nurses "at the masters degree level only and so on and so forth..."

    anyway, contract negotiation time came and our large nonunion conglomerate put in writing that we union rns were not to discuss any of the details of our union contract with our nonunion rn colleages.

    :chuckle:chuckle:chuckle

    that was 10 years ago.

    today, we veteran union rns are doting over $100,000 annually and where are our nonunions rn-colleagues?

    at some masters degree job that won't dare pay a rn that salary but...

    we nurses aren't suppose to look at dollars and cents...right

    nurses' unions for nurses!!!
  3. by   newdawn_45
    Union in South Carolina? As they are so fond to tell you, "you're lucky to have a job" Ha!
  4. by   egomaniacal1
    Quote from ingelein
    OMG!! hospitals are not money making businesses? EVEN the so called non profits' bottom line is MONEY, where have you been?I dont mean to be rude but you cant possibly be this naive? Unions are not money making business either then, as they were formed to protect the nurses who care for the patients.I truly cannot believe how there are still nurses out there that dont realize that the patients are the first in line to suffer when the nurses suffer ( shortstaffing, retaliation for reporting illegal/ unethical practices, etc, etc, etc.)YIKES!!!:trout:
    Spot on
  5. by   jreed
    http://www.wvsao.gov/totalcompensati...loyeecomp.aspx

    A union is needed at CAMC in WV. the staffing ratio is crazy, sometimes 2 RNs for 30 pts at night, many floors have no managers, the managers in charge now, many make double what an experinced RN makes, 110,000, - 130,000, but when an experinced RN seeks an open management position, they are offered only 6% above there base salary, which is exactly what a RN recieves for being the charge nurse,also the clinical ladder pay raises this yr are a joke and many RNs make 10,000--15,000 less than comparable RNs, with unions or in other states,
  6. by   ThatPoshGirl
    I don't think unions have done much to improve working conditions. We have union and non-union hospitals here in Florida, and it's pretty much the same pay, benes, and problems everywhere you go.
    Imagine what it would be like if there were NO union hospitals for the non-union hospitals to compete with. What people don't realize is that everyone ultimately benefits from the union because the union sets a standard that even the non-union hospitals MUST compete with to get quality nurses.

    Certainly there are bad unions, just like anything else. If a corrupt person gets in control the whole organization is going to be corrupt. But, in general, a union is there to fight for you and your rights as an employee. If there is no union there is no one to advocate for you and your employer has all the power.
  7. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from ThatPoshGirl
    Imagine what it would be like if there were NO union hospitals for the non-union hospitals to compete with. What people don't realize is that everyone ultimately benefits from the union because the union sets a standard that even the non-union hospitals MUST compete with to get quality nurses.

    Certainly there are bad unions, just like anything else. If a corrupt person gets in control the whole organization is going to be corrupt. But, in general, a union is there to fight for you and your rights as an employee. If there is no union there is no one to advocate for you and your employer has all the power.

    In the case of FL unions, I have to agree with ThatPoshGirl, as they're so ineffective that it's better not to have a union.
  8. by   lindarn
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    In the case of FL unions, I have to agree with ThatPoshGirl, as they're so ineffective that it's better not to have a union.
    Sounds like Washington State. Our state nurses association is, as we say in Brooklyn, about as useful as tits on a bull! They have done nothing to improve pay, benefits, and working conditions, and were instrumental in allowing the utilization of "Med aides" in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The cost of medical benefits for employees increased 20%. Raises maybe, 5% if the nurses are lucky. You get the picture. You have to wonder whose side they are on. JMHO and my NY $0.02.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
  9. by   mdfog10
    I am a proud member of The California Nurses Association. While our members may be happy that we have provided strong leadership---remember that a UNION is YOU and ME! No one can do it alone, you must participate also. It is so easy to complain and reguritate management crap. Have you gone to negotiations?? have you gone to a meeting?? have you asked what you can do??

    If you are looking for a vending machine union-----you may just get your money taken and no treat!

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