[QUOTE]I would love to hear some replys from those who have had experiences with a union in the N.E areas to get some input on if they truly made a difference.[QUOTE]
We have NYSNA & we'd be dead without it.
In 1983 we had had a trade union for 10 yrs but out of all 3000 represented members at our hospital, the RNs were a minority of just 700. Our professional issues kept getting put on the back burner because
the majority (2300 others - housekeeping, kitchen workers, etc) had different issues to address. So the Rns decertified from that union & voted in NYSNA & it was the best thing we ever did for ourselves.
The first day that our NYSNA contract went into effect, our salaries jumped 29% overnight & professional issues such as floating to areas we werent qualified to work in, continuing education reimbursement,
labor/management committees, professional practice committees, and seats on the committees that developed nursing policies were addressed. We are obtaining contract language for staffing guidelines & safe staffing ratios, mandatory ot, salary & pension improvements,job security, and financial recognition for education, experience & certifications, among many other items. And no RN in this state who is represented by NYSNA has to pay for healthcare benefits for herself or her family.
NYSNA nurses in this city, when looking for a new job, will usually take the one where they will still be represented by NYSNA.
Its a strong union & very effective. You can check the website to see what we're accomplishing all over the state. Good luck with your vote. http://www.NYSNA.org