Probably because they have never been invited. They have spent alot of time unionizing in very anti union places like Texas, Florida, etc. Washington State does have a union presecence, albiet, not a very good one. It would be very good to get them here. Neither WSNA, or SEIU, have accomplished much, and the past few contracts have been, take away, after take away, after take away. While the hospitals are still making money. That is evidenced by the new contstruction, buying up of physician practices, etc. They do not put their money into the individuals who are making the money.
The nurses do not understand what a good union can do for you. They believe that if they have a union, they are OK. Not realizing that when the union is in bed with management, it is almost worse to have, than not having a union at all.
Eastern Washington in right next to, "right to work for less", Idaho, and that mentality spills over to us here. Also, Eastern Washington, has, since the beginning of time, been a lower educated, blue collar trailer trash area. If you know that I mean.
We need the NNOC more than Seattle/Tacoma does.
If you are interested, PM me and lets try to get the ball rolling.
JMHO and my NY $0.02.
Lindarn, RN ,BSN, CCRN
Somewhere in the PACNW