#1 In NYC, something like 99% of the working nurses are unionized with the state nurses assoc in closed shops - which means if you take a job in those facilities, as a condition of employment, you automatically become a member of the New York State Nurses Assoc, and its union branch, as well as a member of the American Nurses Assoc, and its national labor union branch - the United American Nurses/AFL-CIO. Your dues for all is just one fee - equal to 1.6% of the lowest base salary in the region & are deducted once a month from your paycheck. Few hospitals in NYC are not unionized. Very few have their own union that is just at their own facility & some are represented by trade unions like SEIU/1199 (and those nurses pay higher dues - over 2% of their salary - but are not members of the ANA or UAN). NYSNA nurses control nursing in NYC & NY state.
#2 NYSNA nurses' bill to ban mandatory ot for healthcare workers in this state has been sponsored by many NY legislators & is currently going thru the process for passage into state law - but is being heavily fought against by hospital associations & their buddies.
#3 to get around that, our union is obtaining contract language facility by facility all around the state that bans or severely restricts mandatory ot at each facility. Philosophy is Why wait for the law to get around to it? We can do it ourselves.
Because of the contracts we negotiate & obtain (sometimes have to fight for), we do not have merit raise systems or "call offs" in this city, where you get sent home without pay if the census is low, as they do in other states. We have negotiated compensation of several thousand dollars/yr for education, degrees, certifications, years of experience, shift differentials, and charge pay. Amounts vary facility by facility depending on what the RNs at each facility negotiated & agreed to for themselves, but usually they are all in the same ballpark. To get an idea of what that is, check out the following contracts recently obtained by NYSNA RNs in the NYC & its metropolitan are. They have set the standard & "market rates" this year:
Nurses at Presbyterian Approve Breakthrough Contract
Westchester Med RNs approve landmark contract
New Saint Vincents Contract Sets the Pace
Mount Sinai nurses approve new contract
Staten Island University Hospital Nurses Approve New Contract
Abolishes mandatory overtime & guarantees safe staffing levels
St. Catherine's RNs approve contract that limits overtime and ensures safe staffing http://www.nysna.org/NEWS/PRESS/pr2002/pr030902.htm
Samaritan Nurses Approve New Contract http://www.nysna.org/NEWS/PRESS/PR2001/PR092001.HTM
More info can be viewed on the NYSNA website, including the Jobs Opportunities page, the Collective Bargaining page, & the Represented Facilities page