Metro Detroit union drives target registered nurses

  1. Organizing campaigns waged at DMC hospitals

    An aggressive effort to unionize registered nurses is under way in Metro Detroit, a region steeped in union traditions that have, by and large, seldom extended to these bedside caregivers.

    The Lansing-based Michigan Nurses Association's campaign at two Detroit Medical Center hospitals comes at a time when unions nationwide are adding health workers in droves, seeking to offset the fall in traditional blue collar jobs and cuts in other unionized industries like transportation and communications.

    According to the United American Nurses, of which the Michigan association is a part, the number of registered nurses in all unions grew by more than 80 percent over the past two decades. In 2003, the last year for which the organization said data is available, 19.5 percent of the 2.4 million registered nurses in the U.S. were represented by unions. The United American Nurses, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, sees substantial growth potential in the non-organized nurses, even though not all of them are eligible to join unions.

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    The Detroit News
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   CHATSDALE
    may a good thing to have someone on your side when there is a problem regarding staffing, pay benefits etc
  4. by   chocokitten
    As the former Treasuer of the Michigan Nursing Students Association I worked closely with many Michigan Nurses Association members and we even had our meetings at their main office in Okemos, Michigan. It's a great union, great organization, and has some awesome people on staff I'm happy they are encouraging nurses to unionize.
  5. by   CITCAT
    I am glad for the nurses I just wish lpns would join forces with rns man what a union that would be Nurses now have the upper hand in this because of shortages why dont they take advantage of it
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from CITCAT
    I am glad for the nurses I just wish lpns would join forces with rns man what a union that would be Nurses now have the upper hand in this because of shortages why dont they take advantage of it
    I agree. The problem is that an all RN union is possible but to include LVNs/LPNs other licensed caregivers such as respiratory and X-ray tech must be included in the same union.

    So nurses unions are usually all RN unions.

    The National Labor Relations Board determination of appropriate bargaining units for hospitals are:
    (1) All registered nurses.
    (2) Skilled maintenance employees.
    (3) Business office clerical employees.
    (4) Physicians.
    (5) All other professionals including physical therapists, pharmacists, and social workers
    (6) Technicals, including LVNs/LPNs, X-ray technicians, laboratory technicians, and respiratory therapists.
    (7) Service and maintenance.
    (8) Security guards.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=a_Q...mdLA#PPA316,M1
  7. by   ICUSurg/TraumaRN
    The union withdrew from the Detroit Medical Center this week and will not be conducting a union vote. Not sure why since they put so much effort into their union campaign. Supposedly they did phone surveys of the RNs and saw that there wasn't enough support for the union.

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