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Union can hold non union position

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Afshan Afshan (New) New Nurse

Specializes in geriatric,cardiology, pediatric.

Due to covid -19 my department’s services was suspended ( cardiac rehabilitation services) so I was a sign to employee health while the the nurse usually working there was self quarantined. Mind you both mine and the employee health position is non union .

after 3 weeks I was told by my HR director that they had to let nurses who are in Labor pool take over and get to work since union representatives were not happy that nurses were not being rotated, that is fare.

But the thing that I don’t understand and is my question to you guys( who might know the answer) is , since employee health position is non- union, shouldn’t the priority go to a non uion nurse first instead of a uion nurse.

I also asked to work on other floors , even willing to be transferred to a sister hospital and work exclusively with covid patients but the HR- director was pretty clear, since I was non- union , I couldn’t work on the floor.

shouldn't same rule apply either way?!
If I can’t work on the floor because I’m not union, shouldn’t the same law apply for a union nurse not to work in employee health This seems very discriminatory to me.
thank you for the inputs.

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

It may be something SPECIFIC in the contract. But offhandedly, I would think that Union has first dibbs on openings, or at minimum, the opp'ty to apply for any open position in the facility (which by, the way, prob should have been openly posted on a bulletin board). Posting openings is USUALLY rule-of-thumb.

Just some things I've seen in Union facilities.

13 minutes ago, Afshan said:

... But the thing that I don’t understand and is my question to you guys( who might know the answer) is , since employee health position is non- union, shouldn’t the priority go to a non uion nurse first instead of a uion nurse. ...

This line of thinking would then PROHIBIT any union/floor staff from ever applying for any upward position (management, training, supervisors, IT, Inf Control)

17 minutes ago, Afshan said:


If I can’t work on the floor because I’m not union, shouldn’t the same law apply for a union nurse not to work in employee health This seems very discriminatory to me.
thank you for the inputs.

Again, this line of thinking does not apply. You are NON-UNION. Therefore you would NOT be eligible for all the rights of unionized floor staff members as r/t wages, benes, union representation for grievable issues, etc.

Unions are funny that way. There is a real DISTINCT line drawn between union & non-union. Kind of like Royals and the peasantry. Teachers and students. Oil and vinegar. Some things just don't mix well.