At the hospital in which I work, the Nurses are Union. I am a newer nurse and I think it is great!
We are a small hospital, but our benefits and pay are GREAT!!! I work part-time, but get full-time benefits (meaning that my insurance coverage costs me no more than a full-time employee would pay)...Our pay scale is terrific!!! As a new grad, I was getting approx. $4/hour MORE than the nearest "Big" hospital nurses...(I just interviewed for a psych nurse position, and their highest pay rate was just cents more than I am making now, and I've only been a nurse for 7months).....
Also, for just pennies a month, we can get malpractice insurance
through the union...Makes me feel like my backside is covered!
Just a note, it is not mandatory that we join the union; all nurses benefit from the union regardless of membership. I choose to belong.