Our hospital system merged with a smaller community hospital about three years ago. They were non-union so they got to choose whether to stay that way or they could individually opt into the union. Most of them stayed non-union. Some of them decided to transfer to my hospital for more experience and whatnot. The only advantage the union nurses have over the non union ones are that they get 1 extra paid vacation day a year. Howerver, they just gave out bonuses due to covid and only the non-union workers got it. It was like $1500.00 or something like that. There was a lot of violent outbursts from the union workers wondering where their bonuses were.
There's also another hilarious issue going on where they're hiring brand new graduate nurses from the hospitals RN program with $25,000 sign on bonuses paid out over 1 year ($12.5 after 6 months and then the other $12.5 after a year) as long as they agree to work for the hospital system for 5 years plus they'll pay for any further education 100%. . All the old heads are fuming and vow to make their life's hell but are threatened by management that if they get one report of bullying or harassment they will be fired on the spot which I agree with.
I will say I'm happy for my nurse friends as I was one myself before being a PA. Its about time they get paid what they're worth. $70k a year is chit for what you deal with and especially now and most of them are leaving the hospital to take agency or traveling nurse gigs on contract,some of them are making $15k a week including stipends for housing and whatnot.
I haven't talked to my cousin who is a mailman for USPS about the local fiasco in regards to vaccines and whatnot but I could imagine its getting pretty spicy considering a good chunk of my area never wore masks and wasn't taking the shot. It's funny how many people here support unions but are right wingers and become visibly confused when I tell them that the major unions in PA donated close to $12 million to Governor Wolf's last run and that they also donated money to planned Parenthood.
I really can foresee the Healthcare industry collapsing soon and I couldn't be happier. Maybe if they treated all of us (including the docs) properly all these years people wouldn't have fled and went agency or traveling. Now they're paying sometimes $300/hr for RNs ,(usually $120ish/,hr for thr nurse and the rest goes to the agency). Who would have guessed just just giving people cold pizza parties for their hardwork would have backfired? Lol.