The union is silent during the period when they are building their relationships with nurses. They are looking for representatives and participation from nurses from every unit. They are earning the trust of the workers.
The union wants to take over as the “go to” people for answers.
When there is activity from the union, it is usually too late and a petition to file for an election will follow shortly.
Legally in order to file for an election, the union needs to gain signatures from 30% of the unit.
However, almost all unions will not file for an election until they have at least 70% of signatures.
During this period they will start gathering lists of nurses who are employed here, job titles, job descriptions, salaries, schedules, addresses, phone numbers, research on the facility, research on the system.
This research includes all of administration’s salaries.