How Many Nurses are Glad They Have a Union

  1. 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 protection, did your union rep represent you adequatly? What union do you think has the most clout? Etc, etc. etc.
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  3. by   augigi
    I'm in Australia, and joined the union mostly because they offered malpractice insurance. I also worked as a unit union rep for a while.

    To be honest, the one time I needed them, for legal support at a coroner's court case, they were completely useless. I never rejoined after that.

    Our nurse/patient ratios and pay scales were state-mandated though.
  4. by   JentheRN05
    There isn't any unions at all for nurses in my area, at least not as far as I know. Not to mention I don't work anywhere i could put it to use (small residential home DON).
  5. by   debbyed
    Worked for a Union once . I paid them alot , I got nothing in return . Won't do it again:deadhorse .
  6. by   Sheri257
    While that certainly can be true in some cases, the data clearly shows that union dues are generally a great investment.

    The average union RN makes $7,000 more a year than non-union RN's. Even if union dues are as much as $1,000 (which, in many cases union dues are a lot lower than that) ...

    You still get a 600 percent rate of return on your investment with the extra $6,000 in income. Try investing $1,000 in stock market and getting $7,000 by the end of the year.

    :typing
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Nov 23, '06
  7. by   Simplepleasures
    Could anyone speak to the issue of protection, how has or has not a union rep helped you out in a tough spot?
  8. by   traumaRUs
    I have worked in Nevada, Indiana and Illinois and have never been a member of a union. However, I have been in a very dicey situation while employed at my last hospital. They supported me 100% and even though there was bad press for a very prominent member of our community, the hospital still backed my decision and the CEO even made a special point to meet with me privately and told me that he knew I had made a very difficult decision but that he was very proud that I worked at the facility.

    Worked there for 10 years.
  9. by   Fiona59
    Most Canadian nurses are unionized. Covers my professional insurance. Gives support with management if needed.

    Paid vacations, health benefits, maternity leaves -- all the result of unions stepping in for the worker.

    So if you don't believe in unions, do you still want these things that unions have gained and made almost a standard for workers?
  10. by   midwestvintage
    We have a union but it is not a nursing union. They have done nothing to address nurse patient ratio, forced working 1/2 hour later even without a break, working part of your holiday off, and manditory overtime. We make slightly more money but I think it is still what I would have made even without the union. Plus the threatened strikes stress our patients out big time. If it was a nursing union I might join but not this one.
  11. by   guerrierdelion
    [FONT="Georgia"]I am appreciative that my union is willing to give my Governor Schwarzenegger a reality check and keep him in check in regard to messing around with nurse/patient ratios.
  12. by   ns lpn
    I am also a canadian nurse and yes union dues suck, but I wouldn't work somewhere without a union. It gives me job security, better wages, retirement money, ect...

    I truly do not know about protection - except if I'm ever called to the office for discipline it is my right to have a union rep with me. Also I think the employer is only allowed to use things against the employee within a year or two of the reprimand anything prior is not allowed to be used in terms of termination. I've never been through it so I can't say how it all works but I know its helped other employees (good ones and not so good ones)
  13. by   PACNWNURSING
    I am kind of nervous of unions because of hospitals are not money making businesses, though hospitals need nurses in order to function, I do not want nurses having to strike in order to get their way. Through all this the patients must come first.
  14. by   Simplepleasures
    Quote from PACNWNURSING
    I am kind of nervous of unions because of hospitals are not money making businesses, though hospitals need nurses in order to function, I do not want nurses having to strike in order to get their way. Through all this the patients must come first.
    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:

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