Quote from firstyearstudent
I am referring to California Nurses Association. Before becoming a nurse I had a great deal of respect for them, especially the work they did getting the ratio legislation passed and then pressuring the Governor. However, I have been receiving fliers and letters from CNA recently that, at least to my ear, written in propagandese and that lead me to question their motives and integrity. For instance, one letter suggests if SEIU reps visit my house I should not talk to them, but call the police?! As far as I know, there aren't any laws against anyone knocking on my door to give me information. I certainly don't call the police when Witnesses visit my house and I would find them more annoying than organizers from a rival union.
Perhaps you are unaware of the outright violent activity and threats that members of the California Nurses Association/NNOC have been subject to at the hands of certain SEIU thugs in the very recent past. You can read about that here
. Members of the California Nurses' Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee have had threatening, unannounced visits to their homes, and you can read about that here
So, in light of those facts, I don't see any reason to question the motives or integrity of the California Nurses Association/NNOC. The membership reflects our profession which is overwhelmingly female and the advice to call law enforcement is reasonable if there is a perceived or actual threat. That's not 'propagandese' as you call it.
Perhaps, you have never felt threatened or intimidated by stalkers. There is plenty of evidence out there to suggest that SEIU is engaging in an illegal attempt to interfere with the democratically elected leadership of CNA/NNOC. The information sent to you is peer reviewed by the CNA/NNOC Board of Directors and published by and for benefit of all members. It sounds like you should meet with your labor rep and your nurse rep council in the hospital where you work. Read the Registered Nurse magazine, or visit the www.calnurses.org
website for more information, on the chance that you've received "counterfeit" mailings by SEIU intended to get you to buy in to their scheme of illegally interfering with CNA/NNOC operations.
Personally, and speaking on behalf of many of my colleagues who are CNA/NNOC members, I've never heard of anyone in the CNA/NNOC organization who's treated anyone with less than the utmost respect and dignity. Sure, use your judgement with regards to calling the police. But don't shoot blanks at an honest messenger and cast aspersions on the integrity of CNA/NNOC, by implying that genuine communication and education materials "treat you like a moron". You have a responsibility to do your own homework. Have you looked at the other links posted by herring_RN?
From my point of view, CNA/NNOC is clearly a world leader in protecting and defending the independent professional rights and duties of RNs to advocate in the exclusive interests of patients. As patient advocates, we have the duty to change circumstances that are against the interests of patients. SEIU's autocratic partnership model encumbers an RNs ability to be an effective advocate; especially when that advocacy is in conflict with the financial interests of an employer.
You have every reason to continue to be proud of your membership in CNA/NNOC. Here's the solidarity pledge, in case you've missed it:
WE STAND TOGETHER
We pledge to act in solidarity with our colleagues, NNOC members and other direct care nurses, who choose to act in conscience as collective patient advocates.
All patients derserve a high quality single standard of care.
Registered Nurses are the essential care providers to ensure that all patients receive this standard of care.
Nurses have an obligation to use their collective power to advocate for their patients' interests-- and their own.
WE STAND FOR OUR RIGHT TO ACT COLLECTIVELY, taking direct action on behalf of our patients.
AS PATIENT ADVOCATES, for those under our care and their families.
AS A GROUP TO IMPROVE our conditions, wages, benefits and respect for our profession at our facility and in our nation.
SOCIALLY, to further the goal of universal health care and a healthy life for all.
WE PLEDGE OUR SOLIDARITY TO SUPPORT RNs IN COLLECTIVE PATIENT ADVOCACY
To speak and act on behalf of our patients.
To unite against actions by a health care facility, government agency or private interest group that infringe upon our obligations as RNs.
To unite against actions that interfere with RNs' right to form their own organization, take action in their own name and improve conditions for all nurses.