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Nurse Practitioner Union in WA

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by HansAnderson HansAnderson (New Member) New Member

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Hi everyone,

I am hoping for some feedback or comments about Nurse Practitioner Unions. I am transferring jobs to WA and am now being offered to join a union. My main question is: Is a union necessary for NP's considering our duties and responsibilities? Here are the direct benefits:

Union:

Representation if needed

Job protection from unfair treatment and termination without just cause

2.5 weeks of vacation and 2 weeks of sick time

Non-Union:

3.5 additional weeks of vacation

These pointers seem to be the biggest difference between union vs. non-union. If I am non-union, I may have to perform some managerial duties, like employee reviews and staff schedules. If I don't join the union upon starting, I will not be able to re-join at a later date. Any comments or experience with NP unions would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Does the union offer any additional benefits (pension, cheaper or better health plan etc)? Also why did the NPs feel the needs to form an join a union (ie does this employer have a history of being toxic or unfair)? 

 

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Thank you for the reply. The union does not offer any additional benefits. The retirement contribution and health plan is the same for union vs. non-union. Strangely the non-union position does offer tuition reimbursement (up to $2,500) but the union position does not. As far as the union rep is concerned, there is not a history of the employer treating NPs unfairly. 

As an RN, I understood why unions were necessary. They helped with staffing grids, unsafe staffing reports, cost of living increases, violence prevention, and there was a pension. I'm finding it hard to justify sacrificing 3.5 weeks of vacation to join the union. Still thinking about it and have to make a decision in 2 weeks. 

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I agree with you. Plus you'd loose income on union dues. One other thing to think about is negotiating future raises/ bonuses. If you are union, would you be locked into a bargaining unit that limits your ability to individually negotiate this?

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