one of the things about the history of unions and unionization throughout the united states, is that many today forget the reasons why they even came about. at one point, rich and politically well connected companies used us military troops to machine gun massacre discontented striking american workers and their families (men, women and children)
source: the ludlow masscare
we've come a long way.
even if your particular institution doesn't have a union, the simple existence of a unionized hospital near by means that no matter how bad your own hospital gets, it is prevented from getting even worse. this is because the unions applies political and economic pressures on the whole of the collective job market. there may be minor variables, but the positive impact on employee pay scale, benefits, right to work, et cetera; across a wide geographic area where unions operate, cannot be ignored
as nurses, we may call ourselves professionals, and we certainly are by our dedication, education, standards of practice and devotion to duty. but we're in no way the same economic self supporting professional like a physician. we can't hang out our own shingle (ie open our own office)
like they do and, (except for a very special occasioned few)
solicit for our own third party paying patients. as such, our collective employment is subservient to and held at the whims of a multi-billion dollar medical - hospital industry. this industry traditionally abhors paying out money to any of its workers, no matter how well it is deserved. thus, collective bargaining ensures that we can stand together politically; our professional interests and economic survival demands it.
support your unions!!!