It looks like a lot of places are laying off people just to call them back a few months later. Is this happening in your area? Some people believe corporations/businesses are doing it because they legitimately need to reduce costs - even if just a short period of time. Other people think that this is just a scheme to get veteran nurses to reduce their salaries. What do you think?
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Although Unions are not perfect (this country is FAR from the best when it comes to taking care of employees), States with the best Labor Laws and are Pro-Union are far better to work and live in then States that are not!
Right-To-Work States drive down the costs of business by driving down middle income wages. They allow employers to make HUGE profits off of the backs of average Americans. They are NOT building the middle-class by doing this because the cost of living is not driven down so much that the average wage earner in those areas cannot do anything, but work 2-3 jobs to survive. The only people that benefit in Right-To-Work slave States are those in the top 1% (Modern day Slave owners).
In fact, it is no surprise to me that Southern Nurses (they still live in the South so that is why I call them Southern) who travel to the Unionized States do so because of the better working conditions and pay! In addition, it is no surprise to me that the States with the highest poverty levels and that have the highest population on food stamps and Medicaid programs because they have the HIGHEST unemployment rates are in RED Right-To-Work States, (ironic since those States politically hate socialized anything yet they are in the greatest need and use socialized everything the most).
As far as Unions go, yes, people strike, but it is because we can exercise our right to do so and still have a job to return to afterwards. Average American workers cannot speak up or do anything to promote better working conditions or pay without the illegal activities of employers in Right-To-Work States to retaliate against the workers. Workers in those States fear losing his/her job. Personally, I have not experienced or feared losing my job for any stupid reason living in a Pro-Union State so I am biased too! I love Unions!
When I worked and lived in Right-To-Work States, I was surrounded by those who were afraid of Unions because of rumors and innuendos. None of them experienced anything but the terrible working conditions they had and they assumed that Unions were the same. They assume wrong!
First, they do not realize that when he/she signs HR papers for employment in Right-To-Work States he/she is signing employment contracts. The difference between the terrible employment contracts of employers in Right-To-Work States and our contracts is the fact that we had a SAY in ours. Right-To-Work States are full of employees that make decisions to either take a terrible job with dangerous working conditions or they can remain unemployed (or travel to a Pro-Union State).
Thus, Chiromed, you and those that think like you can disagree all you want. Go ahead and believe in your fears and the rumors and remain in your Right-To-Work areas. All I ask is that those of you that think as you do to keep your diseased Labor Laws confined to your area of the country. The rest of us who prefer and LOVE our Unions will fight hard to keep them!
Last edit by MBARNBSN on Jul 18, '13