Published Feb 18, 2005
I know there has been a lot of talk about unions lately. Exactly what do they do for nurses?
well, it depends on the strength of your union.
they are supposed to be able to negotiate good contracts for workers, like more money, more staff, etc...
they are available to assist in problems with scheduling, requested time off, floating issues,complaints against you, seniority issues, etc...
they have many duties. they are there to make sure the contract between the employees and the hospital is followed.
An important role, the future of nurses depends of the stronghess of Union and Associations greater than other supports.
well, it depends on the strength of your union. they are supposed to be able to negotiate good contracts for workers, like more money, more staff, etc...they are available to assist in problems with scheduling, requested time off, floating issues,complaints against you, seniority issues, etc...they have many duties. they are there to make sure the contract between the employees and the hospital is followed.
Here in the UK it is very unusual for a nurse (qualified) not to be in a union. I know it is different in the US - perhaps that is why we have much better holiday entitlemnt (oops spelling) - aprox 7 weeks including bank holidays. :) :) :)
teeituptom, BSN, RN
Unions promote a dictatorship of medicocrity
I'm proud of the union I belong to. They work hard for us.
Here's the Table of Contents of my union contract book:
1. Rocignition and coverage
2. No discrimination
3. Exclusive agreement, amnedments, terms of agreement
4. Offical communications, requests for information and meetings
5. Union security and dues deduction
6. Classification and compensation procedures for staff nurses
8. Classification and compensation procedures for staff nurses
10. Educational assistance and professional enrichment - staff nurses
11. Relief nurse program
12. Temporary assignments/floating
13. Weekend staffing
14. Shifts and shift rotation
15. Leaves of absence - staff nurses
16. Christmas and New Years holiday
17. Jury Duty and legal appearances - staff nurses
18. Time off for union officers
19. Advance transfer requests
20. Payroll procedures
21. Nurse information centers
22. Performance evaluation - staff and relief nurses
23. Written warning and discipline
24. Grievance and arbitration
25. No strikes or lockout
26. Notice of personnel guidelines and procedure changes
27. Joint conferences
28. Nurse practice committee
29. SPecial conferences
30. Health, welfare and safety
31. Senority accural and application - staff nurses
32. Staff reductions and layoff
33. Home health care
34. Reserve rights of _____ Hospital
35. Separability and saving clause
Our union is able negotiate an excellent pay with excellent benefits and empowers us to at least have a say in the way we conduct ourselves professionally in OUR jobs.
I feel for what we get, they are definitely worth the $30/month.
Spidey's mom, ADN, BSN, RN
Wow I don't work with mediocre nurses. I am in no way mediocre either. Hiring practices are pretty stringent in the unionized hospitals where I have worked here on the West Coast. Gee, then, I guess that does not apply to all unions eh.
You are right. Just gotta love Tom and his bluntness. :)
I love Tom to death, he is hilarious. But I could not disagree more on this issue.
I'm doing my Leadership project on union vs. nonunion. I currently work at a facility where only a few nurses belong to the union. Some of coworkers who have been nurses for a long time are big proponents of the union and have told me I need to let it be known to my class that unions are out there and that they are worth joining. We are getting a new union coming into our facility (up until now the nurses have been represented by Local Operating Engineers union and they don't really know a lot about the healthcare industry) and there is a buzz about the hospital.
I would like some information on unions and am unsure of how to start. I know I can contact the union that is coming into our facility and I plan on interviewing both union and nonunion nurses. But I'm interested in other unions and how they differ from the one that's representing our nurses. Anyone know of any websites or having any information from the ones you belong to?
My nursing instructors are all really looking forward to my presentation because they also don't think that new nurses know enough about unions or have enough desire to join. I know without the union at our facility, the nurses would not have gotten the raise they did few years ago and the one just recently. They were also getting screwed on sick days as well. This new union wants to talk about negotiating a pension/retirement plan but I have my doubts about that one happening. It would be nice, though.
Any thoughts, opinions, advice, or suggestions? From both those who oppose unions and those who are for or belong to one?
Thanks in advance,
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