Unions.....well, well, well......Yes, LTC can be unionized and alot are, but your facility/Admin staff sound like my former one. We nurses and cna's all got together and decided to 'go for it'.....well, it got nasty, real nasty....some of us were fired, others suspended and most quit. We filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board and the facility was found guilty. Had to hire us back and pay for lost pay. We all walked in to get our checks and 'new' schedules and told them what to do with their jobs! The corporite owners came in prior to the vote and told us...."if you all are dumb enough to vote in the union, I'll pad lock the damn doors and nobody will have a job. I don't and will not work with or for the union".
Needless to say, they have 80% new staff and moral is at the bottom. The union was not voted in, by the way. They scared the 'you know what' out of most.....not me, I voted yes, made sure they knew it and walked away with a fat check and a smile on my face. I hear that patient care has suffered but the admin. staff all come to work (whenever they drag their lazy rears out of bed) act like 'god almighty' and park their NEW cars in personalized spaces!!!!!
Hang in there. If you do decide to 'try and organize a union', be prepared for the worse! You may even be fired (the union will tell you that they 'can't do that'...) but trust me, they will and use some small thing you did, or didn't do as the excuse. I wish you all the best!!!!!!