RNs protest Gov. Snyder's "Right to Work" corporate takeover

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    With their mouths taped shut, RNs protest Gov. Snyder's "Right to Work" corporate takeover

    Michigan Nurses Association protests on the Capitol steps in Lansing against Michigan Right To Work legislation Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. / Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press

    LANSING, MI-About a dozen nurses stood on the Capitol steps Monday morning with red duct tape over their mouths.

    "Snyder's RTW" was drawn in marker on each piece of tape, representing right-to-work legislation that the Michigan Nurses Association says would silence their voices.

    "If this law passes and our unions become weaker, we then become weaker and have less ability to make sure that our patients are safely taken care of," said Katie Oppenheim, a registered nurse and member of the MNA union.

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    A good friend of mine went to the capital the other day for the hearings and to meet with his elected leader...he was obstructed by the police from entering the capital and was shoved by the office into the group of people behind him. The office then proceeded to block the entrance for not only other citizens but also 2 of the legislators.
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    Oh, the "well informed" people opining in the readers comments....................
    sharonp30 and tewdles like this.
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    I hate unions. I'm a FNP in California and have never been a member of the unions out here on the West Coast. I don't believe a union representative can speak for me better than I can speak for myself. In fact, I am 100% anti union under any circumstance. I don't believe you should have to pay union dues to work in any hospital period. I hope the legislation goes through.
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    How does forcing someone to pay union dues in order to get a job protect anyone's rights?

    If an individual supports the union and believes in its actions, s/he will join. Why would individual freedom of choice "weaken" a union, unless the union is not representing the needs of the workers to begin with?
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    Love unions! My patients get excellent care because we are not given heavy & unsafe nurse to pt loads. The small union dues are well worth better pay and ensuring safe nursing care! Previously, I worked as a non-union ER nurse in MI... NOT SAFE!! If u don't want to pay union dues then just work for a non- union hospital... There r plenty to choose from in MI.
    lindarn, MissPiggy, and herring_RN like this.
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    I live in a right to work state and work at a magnet hospital. You don't have to be in a union to deliver great patient care. Not a big fan of unions.
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    Yikes! Unions...

    My hands are tied here in Ca!

    Working in education you have No choice! (Public Schools that is...)
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    I worked in a hospital that had a union. Union membership was not required. Staffing ratios were horrible. Pay was acceptable, but the union didn't assure we had safe patient-staff ratios. Only a state law would be able to do that, IMHO.
    Not_A_Hat_Person, HM-8404, lindarn, and 2 others like this.
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    Everybody here whining about the unions feel free to come down here to Georgia where you can take care of up to 10 med/surg patients without a break and for garbage wages. PLUS get floated off your shift or onto a unit where you don't have a clue what you are doing. The unit's average amount of experience is less than two years. You ready? I'm sure yall will hurry on down here, right?

    The NP can come enjoy our awesome weak scope of practice for an NP...

    Plenty of jobs to go around and they all SUCK folks!!

    Nothing's for nothing.
    crazy oldnurse, jtmarcy12, lindarn, and 5 others like this.

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