<Isn't UAW auto workers?? Are nurses being lumped with auto workers now??>
UAW is the United Auto Workers Union. Nurses are not being lumped into it with the auto workers. There is a separate healthcare branch, I think. Most trade unions now are developing branches just for healthcare workers - separate from their original base - because healthcare workers, especially RNs, are organizing in record numbers these days. Once they organize, nurses usually take an active part in the union & are strong members, so there is competition for them. Personally I prefer to be in an all-RN organization but that is not to say that the others do not a good job for their members. If they didnt, nurses would be voting them out in record numbers. I just believe that a union that is made up of only RNs & is run by only RNs & concentrates on only the needs of the RN does it better. Still, from what Ive read, UAW is doing OK for their RN members. Your group must have shopped around & did their homework before deciding on which union to go with, so I assume that the nurses there feel that UAW will represent them the way they want to be represented or it wouldnt be coming to a vote. The way I see it, you have nothing to lose by unionizing & gaining the right & power to have an equal say with your employer. You have nothing to lose by unionizing because right now as a non-union worker, you already have nothing. No voice, no authority, no control over your own job and practice.
To get a better idea of what nurses in UAW are doing, check out:
and type NURSES in the search box, then click GO