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I'm a nursing student and I'm married to a 30 year veteran of the nursing field. WHY don't nurses develop and join a union so that they would have decent retirement and medical benefits, WHY ANY... Read More

  1. by   Freedom42
    Quote from ChristineN
    Yes, Pittsburgh, PA UPMC owned hospitals, their psych hospital (western psych) starts nurses out significantly lower than medical hospitals UPMC also owns, the psych hospital is the union hospital, whereas the medical ones do not have unions I can't tell you how long they've had a union, but I know it was before they were bought out by UPMC.

    Pittsburgh has over a dozen hospitals in a very short area, the majority of these hospitals are owned by UPMC. IMO, this brings salaries down. I know I would make more money if I went back to Ohio, even though Pittsburgh has more job opportunities.
    Interesting. I cannot access job info on the UPMC website. I'm curious, though, as to why anyone would work at a hospital paying a nurse less than $20 an hour. I did find an article from 2006 that said Allegheny union nurses in Pittsburgh would start at $21.50 an hour, with guaranteed raises of 18.5 percent over the life of the contract. (I also found a nasty reference to UPMC declaring nurses "ineligible" for raises after more than 15 years on the job. Could that be what's suppressing your wages?)

    If the pay is that terrible, what are nurses, non-union and union alike, doing about it?
  2. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    Having spent 15 years as a professional in a non-unionized field (engineering) I can tell you one huge benefit of collective bargaining contracts: The middle-aged folks aren't easily tossed aside in favor of the younger, cheaper folks.

    There's a grim joke among the middle-aged engineers: "What's the most common career move for a mid-40's engineer? Behind the counter at Radio Shack." The ones I've seen personally have ended up as auto service writers or working the floor at Lowe's.

    I'd far rather put up with the problems of a union but a guaranteed job (given my competency and the economic health of the organization) than being easily tossed aside because I can be replaced by somebody cheaper.
  3. by   Bonny619
    The hospital I just took a job at is union and has some of the highest wages in the area, not to mention amazing benefits. I already signed my union card!
  4. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from dave5000
    i'm a nursing student and i'm married to a 30 year veteran of the nursing field. why don't nurses develop and join a union so that they would have decent retirement and medical benefits, why any answers out there? dave5000
    sadly, many nurses feel that belonging to a union makes them "less professional." unfortunately, it seems to take a union to make hospitals treat us like the professionals we are.

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