Unions

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by kambra kambra Member

Are any nurses in unions? Does it do any good?

Are they treated any better?

Just curious.

nord11

nord11

Specializes in ICU/CCU, Med-Surg, ER, Home-Health, Corr. Has 22 years experience. 37 Posts

I work in a critical access hospital in rural Montana. In short, if it were not for the RN's being unionized, things here would be worse than they are already. It does keep management away from some things. Problem I see is that if you could get ALL the nurses to stick together, things would be much better for us all. But as in most cases, there is always a few who don't see the big picture and only think of their own interests for right now. Sucks. I don't see much use for the union here because if they (management) want to run you over - they will.

Chico David

Chico David, BSN, RN

1 Article; 624 Posts

I'm a union fan in principle and practice. We organized our hospital in 2000 and it has made a real difference here in making nurses personal lives and incomes better and in giving us a more meaningful voice in decision making. It's taken time for management to get over the "fight the union" mindset they developed during the organizing campaign and begin to be able to work constructively with us. But they are now finally coming around and we are being able to make an even bigger difference. Making the economics better for nurses was the easy part, making the care environment better is harder, but the results of that are beginning to really show up now. The last thing to say is that it depends on the union. I'm a believer in nurse unions controlled by nurses - like the better state nurses associations are. Because many state nurses associations don't do collective bargaining, a lot of non-nurse unions have organized some nurses and they don't tend to get nurse issues as well. Everyone from the steelworkers, teamsters and laborers unions to several teachers unions have some nurses they represent, but they can never do it in the way a nurse union can.

Pierrette

Pierrette

76 Posts

I work in a critical access hospital in rural Montana. In short, if it were not for the RN's being unionized, things here would be worse than they are already. It does keep management away from some things. Problem I see is that if you could get ALL the nurses to stick together, things would be much better for us all. But as in most cases, there is always a few who don't see the big picture and only think of their own interests for right now. Sucks. I don't see much use for the union here because if they (management) want to run you over - they will.

I'm not sure I get your point here. You "don't see much use for the union", but those few who don't agree with you should join it? I'm not trying to be a smarty-pants, I just know next to nothing about unions. If the union is nearly useless, what is the big picture? Why is it that people who don't agree with you about the union are selfish? And if the union is indeed useless, maybe the few do see the big picture? Your post is confusing.

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deborah dietz

deborah dietz

Specializes in psych, rehab ,med surg ,home health. Has 27 years experience. 3 Posts

:yeah:We are struggling in Tx to get the word out about the vote this spring in the Tx legislature to mandate nurse to pt ratios and whistle blower protection. Any suggestions from anyone?

NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 45 years experience. 11 Articles; 17,291 Posts

:yeah:we are struggling in tx to get the word out about the vote this spring in the tx legislature to mandate nurse to pt ratios and whistle blower protection. any suggestions from anyone?

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influencing health care in the legislative arena

deborah dietz

deborah dietz

Specializes in psych, rehab ,med surg ,home health. Has 27 years experience. 3 Posts

I look at ca.and n.y. To see better working conditions . These have been achieved with the help of unions

HippyGreenPeaceChick

HippyGreenPeaceChick

Specializes in ER and Home Health. Has 2 years experience. 183 Posts

Perhaps calling and writing your local legislators. You can find out how here:

http://www.calnurses.org/nnoc/texas/?print=t

Or contact other nurses to work together. A phone number is here:

http://www.calnurses.org/nnoc/

I am a firm believer in contacting out legislators, and voicing my opinion firmly, soundly, intellectually, and with passion and resolve. I am sure the FBI and other agencies already have a nice dossier on me for my communications and beliefs. I love it personally.

Honnête et Sérieux

Honnête et Sérieux

Specializes in Flight Nurse, Pedi CICU, IR, Adult CTICU. 283 Posts

CON: Unions are prime soil for the sprouting up of corruption.

CON: Incompetent/lazy/dishonest employees often find protection (from the due consequences they deserve) under the umbrella of the union

HM2VikingRN, RN

4,700 Posts

Those 2 "objections" sound like they were lifted out of The Weekly Standard.

Managerial corruption in organizations such as Enron, AIG, Goldman Sachs dwarfs any venality that may be seen in a local union.

Due process protects both the employee and the organization. Consistent work rules tend to professionalize management and enhance organizational effectiveness.

K98

K98

Specializes in He who hesitates is probably right.... 453 Posts

Those 2 "objections" sound like they were lifted out of The Weekly Standard.

Managerial corruption in organizations such as Enron, AIG, Goldman Sachs dwarfs any venality that may be seen in a local union.

Due process protects both the employee and the organization. Consistent work rules tend to professionalize management and enhance organizational effectiveness.

You may be correct about managerial corruption. Google SEIU and tell me what you think. The purple and yellow protection racket organized our facility a few years back. Dues continue to climb, not a penny stays in the local. It ALL goes to the international. What do they do with it? They continue their relentless organization campaign to make THEMSELVES bigger. It is all about the SEIU, not the members. This is strictly a political organization. Our contracts are garbage. Most RNs that were on the staff prior to the SEIU see no differences, save the 70.00 per month missing from their pay. Do yourself a favor, organize with a NURSING union, don't allow the SEIU into your facility. Our staff is tiring of the high dues and lack of competent representation. Many are talking about de-certifying the purple and yellow monster.

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