Union input please - page 2

Lets say you work at a Hospital whos pay is comparable with and better than most States, and they don't have mandatory overtime, staffing was good, and benefits are fair. They also offer bonuses for... Read More

  1. by   Jenny P
    I'm in a hospital that has the nursing association as the RN union. The idea that a painters union should be trying to organize a union for nurses is pretty ludicrous to me. Nurses know what nurses need and can get these needs met better than any other type of union. I find it strange that the California nurses have joined forces with the Steelworkers Union; and I can't understand how all of a hospitals' employees (including RNs) could ever be under 1 Service Employees contract. At the same time, nurses are some of the hardest people to get together to form a cohesive group and that may be why these other unions are involved in organizing unions for us. I know that it is very hard to get nurses involved in making our own workplace decisions, and I myself am just as guilty of skipping "mandatory" meetings after having worked a 12 hour night and the meetings are scheduled for noon and 3PM! I've worked in non-union settings, non-RN union settings, and the RN union setting, and this is the best by far. But I also know that it takes a lot of effort to get everyone involved with the bargaining unit activities; and that is a problem that I don't know if there is an easy way to fix it.

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