RNs' Rights



Limitingemployees'abilitytofullyexercisetheircongressionallymandatedrightsjeopardizestheVA'sabilitytomaintainexcellenceincareandhonorasacredtrustwithournation'sveterans.ThelackofameaningfulvoiceattheworkplacelimitstheabilityoftheVAtorecruitandretainastronghealthcareworkforceresultingindangerousstaffshortages.Asthenationconfrontsagrowingnurseshortage,theVAmustestablishitselfasanemployerofchoicetoensuresafe,qualitycare.

Makinganefficacyargumentstrikesmeassmartpolitics.Thebiggest--andmostmisleading--argumentaboutallowingfederal-sectorworkersunionizehasalwaysbeen"whatiftheygoonstrike?won'ttheairtrafficcontrolsystem/veterans'care/nationalsecuritybeinperil?"Thatargumentignoresthefactthatfederal-sectorstrikesareillegal,andinthepost-PATCOeraextremelyunlikely.Theriskjustisn'tworthit.Butbyarguingthatcollectivebargainingisameanstogetbettercareandbetterinformationonpatienttreatment,RNsWorkingTogetheristryingtoheadofftheargumentbehindit,thatunionizationsomehowmeansalesseffectiveworkforce.


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