Kyrshamarks, unions do have a role. They give an individual a collective voice that has forced companies and institutions to change, sometimes for the good, other times not. Most companies are in business to make money, and thus, mostly it goes against what they stand for to implement changes that cost money or lowers profits. It is not in Tenet corporation’s best interest to hire more nurses, lowering staff-patient ratios, because more nurses don’t generate larger profits, but instead costs them more. In this case, unions may have a positive role to be played if corporations and legislatures fail to respond for a greater public good. If a union helps implement staffing ratios, that according to all studies I have read improves patient outcomes and lowers mortality rates, I would think that a good thing.
I’m not giving unions my total, never ending, and sweeping endorsement. They bear a heavy responsibility for the US auto industry looking as it does today. Having said that, I maintain they still have their uses.
Kyrshamarks—“Oh yeah and CNA...Congratualtions i guess on becoming teamsters...real professional there” Ummm… not sure of this comment. Unions have standards of professionalism. How they are adhered to or enforced varies tremendously. “Locals” may differ from state and national organizations. I would not be quick to sully a union’s reputation on professionalism until I actually see first hand or from trusted sources testimonials of a union at a local hospital, county, etc. My mailman, a union member, delivers mail regularly, is polite and friendly, wears a clean uniform daily, and answers questions to my satisfaction. Having said that, there are union/ex-union members in prison for padding bills, taking kick-backs, etc.
“Out of a state as large as Texas only 250 people showed up.” Ya gotta start some where. Fear of adverse notoriety can be a huge de-motivator if it jeopardizes one’s job and his/her ability to make a mortgage payment. Many corporations look at free speech with a heavily jaundiced eye, especially if the speech can cost them profits.
msdobson—Three postings in 11 or so minutes. They collectively struck me as catty, an in your face take that attitude. A picture of a kid sticking out his tongue, thumbs in ears, and fingers wiggling completes the scene to me. Maybe, I am wrong about that perception. Is there a constructive or relevant message/theme I missed in your three back-to-back postings? Please help me; I am struggling with your comments.