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  1. I'm being led to believe that I have no choice but to join my workplace union. True or false?
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   loriangel14
    That's how it works where I am. If you apply for a job in a unionized workplace you join the union. Is this a new position?
  4. by   apostolic4eva
    It is a unionized workplace. Not sure about the question, "is this a new position?" I'm at a new facility. New employee. And my knowledge is very limited on understanding unions. And side note, the dues totalling for the year just seem so high.
  5. by   loriangel14
    Did you know it was a union position?
  6. by   apostolic4eva
    I did not. I learned this during my orientation. So the news is recent.
  7. by   loriangel14
    I don't think that there is anything you can do about it.
  8. by   apostolic4eva
    Ok. No problem. Was just curious as to whether or not this was true information. Just never heard of not having an option or choice. Well thank you for your time and answering my question.
  9. by   Esme12
    Join the Union....they offer protection.
  10. by   KelRN215
    Quote from apostolic4eva
    I did not. I learned this during my orientation. So the news is recent.
    How did you not know? Did you sign a contract?
  11. by   apostolic4eva
    A rep came and spoke with us during the orientation. And this is when everything was explained. And when I learned of this "union." I'm new to all this. Perhaps it could of been failure on my part for not fully researching the Hospital prior to applying. Anyhow, I have no issues in joining but just wanted clarification if this was legal.
  12. by   KelRN215
    Yes, it is legal. Massachusetts is not a "right-to-work" state. The MNA has a list on its website of all of its bargaining units. The job posting likely included something about the union in it- every job posting I've seen for the big union hospitals in the city (BMC, Tufts, BWH, DFCI) does.
  13. by   MrChicagoRN
    The union is presumably getting you pay and benefits you would not otherwise have. It's only fair then that you pay your fair share for the benefits received.
  14. by   elkpark
    "Closed shop" workplaces are common outside the South. If it's not a "right to work" state (and the whole point of such legislation is to weaken unions and their representation of workers) and you take a job in a facility where the workers are represented by a union, then, yes, you have to join the union to work there. The union is legally obligated to represent all the workers in their category; why should some workers get to have union representation for free while others are paying for the benefits? If it's a big deal, find a non-unionized employer.

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