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Meet The Organizer[2][1]

  1. 1. Meet The Organizer
  2. 2. What is a Union? <ul><li>Group of individuals who come together for a common cause. </li></ul><ul><li>What is that cause? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Union Promises <ul><li>What does the union promise? </li></ul><ul><li>The union can promise ANYTHING </li></ul><ul><li>Because they are not the ones who can deliver on the promise. They don’t have the power to implement change. </li></ul><ul><li>The first promise to the workers is that there will be a voice in the workplace. </li></ul><ul><li>That the workers will have a say in their everyday life. </li></ul><ul><li>They will have every worker believe that the union is “you” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Promises and Triggers <ul><li>Benefits – If the workers start paying for health benefits or if benefits become more expensive. </li></ul><ul><li>Pension – a defined benefits plan vs. the 401K, 403B, Cash Balance, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Management union sympathizers – managers that cannot help their own staff because their hands are tied by administration. </li></ul><ul><li>Staffing </li></ul><ul><li>Salary </li></ul><ul><li>Retiree Health Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Disciplines handed down unfairly </li></ul><ul><li>And the number one reason – NO RESPECT </li></ul>
  5. 5. Caution Signs <ul><li>“ We work too hard.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ This hospital wouldn’t stay open if not for us” </li></ul><ul><li>“ No RN should pay for health benefits” </li></ul><ul><li>“ What do we get when we leave Newark Beth?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ What is the staffing ratios?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ This is nothing personal.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ This is not about money.” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Silence means Activity <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>The union wants to take over as the “go to” people for answers. </li></ul><ul><li>When there is activity from the union, it is usually too late and a petition to file for an election will follow shortly. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Salting <ul><li>Union dresses as workers and volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>They have ID’s from almost every hospital and facility in the area. This includes giving ID’s to family members and friends. </li></ul><ul><li>Some nurses work for agencies and go through the agency to work at the hospital </li></ul><ul><li>Influx of per diems – usually from union facilities </li></ul><ul><li>They are there to map the hospital, get a table of organization, befriend the nurses, get the schedules </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes the union gets nurses, managers, supervisors, and in one case the VP of nursing to sympathize and be on the payroll of the union as well </li></ul>
  8. 8. Election <ul><li>Legally in order to file for an election, the union needs to gain signatures from 30% of the unit. </li></ul><ul><li>However, almost all unions will not file for an election until they have at least 70% of signatures. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>This research includes all of administration’s salaries. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Union Tactics <ul><li>Remember – the union will target the strong managers and administration in an attempt to discredit them. Bottom line is that they want to keep them quiet during a union campaign. </li></ul><ul><li>How do they do that? </li></ul><ul><li>Send in RN’s to file complaints against members of the mgmt team. </li></ul><ul><li>Ex. RN’s might say they are intimidated in meetings. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples from CMC </li></ul>
  10. 10. The 3 V’s <ul><li>The union will attempt to categorize into 3 groups: </li></ul><ul><li>Victim </li></ul><ul><li>Vindicator </li></ul><ul><li>Vulture </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Authorization Card <ul><li>The union will have everyone in the unit sign an authorization card for which they claim will “allow” them to have an election. </li></ul><ul><li>However, reality is that the authorization card can be used in a number of ways. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Most Vulnerable Areas <ul><li>Critical Care </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>These nurses tend to be the most opinionated and have the most amount of staffing issues. </li></ul>