I have no experience with unions (other than my ex-husband belonging to one many moons ago). The idea is tempting....I think it could only help our small hospital to bring the nurses together. Admin is very inconsistent with how & when the policies are enforced.
I would love to hear stories of how a union helped nurses in Maine.
Try searching on-line for Unions in Maine. I did over the summer, tho... my mind is blank as to what the result was...!!!
It always seems that the MSNA is more of a lobbiest type group.
Before you all get excited about unions remember the adage that you get what you ask for. So, if you want the ability to bid on jobs to be based on seniority, until YOU have seniority, it won't work in your favor. Make sure you ask about lay off protocol as well. And my final bit of advice, a union won't prevent you from getting fired. If you've done something dumb, they may hold your hand but the net result could still be the same.