Right to fire: Why do nurses need a union? (video)by Pamela Powers Hannley on Feb. 29, 2012, under Arizona, corporatists, jobs, Politics, Tucson, unions
Why are nurses leaving the bedside?
Here’s an explanation from loneprotestor…
Several nurses met at breakfast the other day, and we discovered we had more than our profession and activism in common. For those who had worked at Banner Health, an alarming trend emerged: Banner seems to have a policy of firing for a trifle and then reporting to the State Board of Nursing. Is this a tactic to keep nurses from fighting for their careers, their livelihoods, and their ideals?
As one member of the Arizona Board of Nursing once told me, “In a right-to-work state, you can be fired because your supervisor doesn’t like the color of your hair.”
Nurses are in short supply in the US; this gives them power. The law of supply and demand tells us that when demand is high, the price should be high. When workers are intimidated, they are less likely to fight for their rights.
Why do nurses need a union? Now you know.
Nurses need a union because it is good for your health.