<if the nurses with very legitimate concerns are being ignored and patient safety and staff licenses are on the line???>
That is usually what leads nurses to become united & organized into a union. Once you are a union, federal law is behind you & the hospital MUST pay attention to you. Thats why they try to stop you from doing it. The hospitals will do whatever they can (threats, scare tactics, & promises, promises) to get the nurses to vote against a union, because once you are a union, the hospital MUST share control with you.
It cant just do what it wants to do to you - as a union, you have to be included in all hospital decision-making that affects you... and you have to agree with the decisions made or they cant do it. And once agreed, they cant suddenly change anything on you whenever they feel like it
(like reduce your medical benefits, or not pay the raise).
The hospital doesnt like you interferring in their plans like that so it will try to convince you its better for you to stay non-union. Not true. And they will try to get you to see your union as a outside "third party". Reality is there is no "third party"
. The union is the nurses who work there. THEY speak for THEMSELVES together, with the help & resources of their labor organization.
The hospitals only concern is to get you to decide not to make it have to share any power with you by getting you to vote down the union for them yourselves. Legally, they cant be involved so they have to get you to do the dirty work for them. And they will hire expensive anti-labor consultants to direct them in getting you to do this.
Sorry to say a lot of nurses fall for this psychological games they play with them & vote no union --- and then are soon left disappointed & feeling used by their employer who changed his mind about the promises made. But you should see how some of those union busting consultants advertize to the hospitals on their websites & you would really have an eye opener about where the employers main concern is once you read some of their comments posted on those sites.
Nurses who are trying to unionize are being played with, manipulated, and used by their employers & those consultants who then are bragging all over those websites about how they got the RNs to defeat their own union vote. Its disgusting. And so sad that nurses fall for it and dont even realize their employers are laughing at them for doing so.
What nurses dont understand is the hospital can promise you the world but unless you are a union with it all written into a legally binding contract, they dont have to follow thru on their promises or can dissolve them at any time once they got you to do what they wanted, and there are no laws to force them to live up to their word if you are not a union.
If you work in a facility like a Magnet Award winning hospital, chances are the hospital policy already includes nurses in the decision making & is fair in compensations & fosters a working environment that is desireable for nurses rather than abusive. In that case, you might not need to unionize to make the changes you need because your employer already is paying attention. But these places are few & far between.
SEIU represents all hospital workers - from kitchen crew to doctors. In my hosiptal the RNs are with the state nurses assoc & everybody else is with SEIU. The housestaff MDs are currently in the process of also unionizing with its affiliated Committee of Interns and Residents Union. To find out more about nurses in SEIU, see www.NurseAlliance.org
& take the tour of a virtual union hospital.
To compare with an all RN union, see the national RN labor union website at www.UANnurse.org
Also visit the 'organize' page there.
BTW, Allnurses.com has much info on unions at its Nursing Activism/Politics page right here.
Question: supply & demand & hospitals raking in billions for investors - so why not demand better salaries & benefits for yourselves along with the better staffing? This is no time to be having to choose between decent salaries or decent working conditions. They need us. We dont need them & believe me, when you look at their own salaries & perks & pensions, they have it to give. Dont settle for less than you deserve.