I'm another pro-union voter. Though, as the previous post said, a union is only as strong as the members. Members need to take an active role for the union to be strong. I belong to a nurses union @ my current job.One of the main reasons that I applied for my current position @ this hospital is because it is union.The nursing union presence is evident in the better working conditions.Staff turnover is low. However, my last job was nonunion- and working conditions were horrible! We didn't EVER get lunch breaks in our 8 hr shift (never enough staff to cover you & nobody cared).It gets old not having breaks- you can only feel like a martyr for so long, then you just feel abused. Pay was so-so, morale low, turnover high. Staff meetings @ the nonunion job were one sided. If we had tons of patient admissions to the floor, yet only minimal staff, all we heard was, "Do the best you can!" and they shipped them right up! I began to look for employment elsewhere after a year of working in the negative/ nonunion/nonnursing environment. At my current job (union)-the staffing ratios tend to stay within a set range, wages are competative (education/experience gets higher wage as incentive), lunch breaks are scheduled as matter of fact (rarely does one miss a break- the supervisor will cover you if you need help), you can file a grievance if you feel you are given an unsafe assignment. No, it's not perfect, but with the union, at least I can have a voice & input, and a basically safe/reasonable working environment. Good luck to you & the (potential) new union members!Hope you find some solutions.