Joining with other RNs and Licensed Healthcare Professionals in a Union provides a way for us to take collective action to improve our jobs and protect the quality of the services we provide. Unions provide job security, protect dignity and give those of us on the front lines a say in our wages, benefits and working conditions. And it's all guaranteed in writing in our Union contract.
And it only works if we enforce it!
Through our contracts, grievance processes, Labor-Management and other joint Union/Management committees, state and federal laws and regulations that we campaign for, our public actions and our Stewards, we help set industry standards for skill levels, staffing ratios and quality of life for workers. Union-negotiated wages and benefits are generally superior to what non-union workers receive. Our Union is truly the only way for us to have a strong voice on the job.
Here are tools to enforce safety and know our rights on the job: