Friday, January 25, 2013

Why unions growing in California [Google+ Hangout]

Another title for this would be "California follows in the footsteps of Detroit."

Employees are typically hesitant to join unions during a recession because they’re most concerned about keeping their jobs. But the California Nurses Union was one of many in the state that was able to add members last year, and has added them for the last few years.

We’ll talk to an organizer from the nurses’s union about why nurses are organizing now, and about some of the challenges of organizing in a down economy. We’ll also talk to labor expert and UC Berkeley professor Harley Shaiken about other successes in organizing across the country, and about what is special about California.
First of all, unionization in the private sector is about 6.6%.  Which is about half the number these guys are using in the video.  They are padding this by including the public sector.  And since Michigan is now a right to work state, watch these numbers drop.

In the Youtube video, David Johnson puts the blame of nurse unionization square on corporate greed - a typical throw down excuse for unionization.  If you ask me, I think nurses are scared of the outcome of Obamacare.
Affordable health care for all people sounded good or so, I thought. Then Obamacare hit and, suddenly, my job was in danger. Because of Medicare cuts, the nursing home here in DeKalb, Miss., has to make serious cuts. President Obama and the Democrats need to discuss changes to their health care plans.

As a nurse, I have seen the poor care given to those without insurance. I have witnessed first-hand the despair of the elderly who had to choose between keeping their lights on or buying their medicine. So, government-funded health care sounded great--at first.
And here's another article on the subject:

With layoffs already starting to occur, it looks like those “guaranteed medical jobs” waiting for college students are not guaranteed after all. Besides the medical device industry, hospitals are already starting to lay off their employees. In fact, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center announced in late July that it would lay off 100 employees, mainly nurses. Why the 5% cut? Twila Brase, a registered nurse who is also the president of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, claims that “the industry is changing from patient care to paperwork. Fewer nurses are being hired because soaring data requirements have led to fewer dollars available in our health care systems.

And who can blame them? lists a whole host of hospitals that are cutting back staff for one reason or another.  Besides in-house patient roles declining, the other chief reason is due to government changes in healthcare reimbursement either through Medicare or Obamacare.  Here are some of them just in this month.

Fresno's Saint Agnes hospital to lay off 75 people

Health insurer sheds 68 jobs

144 employees laid off from GR Home for Veterans

Calhoun County Hospital in Georgia to Cut 29 Jobs

Glendale Memorial is second major local hospital to announce layoffs

Washington Township Health Care District lays off employees without public discussion

Visiting Nurse Association to lay off 400 in North Texas

Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare announces layoffs

Medina hospital layoffs affect 25 employees

Layoffs coming to one Eastern Kentucky health department

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