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  •  My union experiences (1+ / 0-)
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    As a nurse, I have worked at both union and non-union institutions.  And, as much as I hate to admit it, I have found the non-union workplaces much more pleasant work environments.  They were more flexible in regard to scheduling and had less restrictive rules for using days off, for example.  The fear of a union coming in led them to treat their employees better.

    Now I am a school nurse, and as such I am required to be part of the teacher's union.  But it is not a good fit for someone in my job.  I am, for example, obliged to stay after school six times per year to help students with their homework, despite the fact that I am not an actual teacher.  You might think so what, right?  But it's harder than you think.  The way kids learn math now, for example, is completely different than when I was that age, so I can't really help them.  I am also required to attend biweekly faculty meetings, despite the fact that the things they are discussing literally mean nothing to me, because I am not an educator.  What's a "rubric?"  I don't know.  But apparently it's important in education.  And I pay $1500 a year for these privileges.

    I guess my union experiences have made me ambivalent.  While I support the idea of unions, in practice I have had better work experiences not being a part of one.

    "We must move forward, not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom." - Kodos

    by Jon Stafford on Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 06:00:11 PM PST

    •  Don't Believe (0+ / 0-)

      Let's kick this off with, "I am an Alien", what you don't believe me, but, you have to believe otherwise how else am I going to sell you my marketing speil.
      After all marketing surveys prove people are more likely to believe your message if it comes from people they are more likely to trust ohh look nurses number 3 on the list.
      Who would trust anything from someone who says "I am a Public Relations employee working for a company know to contract to Lobbyists, Politicians, Tobacco, Monsanto, Big Oil and Koch(head) industries" immediately they will distrust anything you have to say a shear B$=PR, lies for profit.
      Did you know there are no Unions for employees of PR firms, not the trolls the haunt forums and, not the executives with degrees in psychology so that they can more effectively fool people.
      I have to say personally I have come to truly loathe comments based upon "I am a ???? 'BUT' " followed by a really smarmy dirty sneaky commentary that only ever so politely targets and denigrates some group or individual.
      Rubric there you go problem solved.

    •  So there's no need or opportunities (0+ / 0-)

      for you as school nurse to run some school-wide health education initiatives?  Hmmmm.  

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Sat Dec 24, 2011 at 09:06:26 AM PST

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      •  Once in a while (0+ / 0-)

        But for the most part, no.  I am not a teacher.  I am not licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which has very specific guidelines for classroom teachers, to teach.  But yes, there is occasionally something relevant for me to discuss, like lice education.  I'd say that accounts for about 10 minutes every two months.  The rest of it I don't need to be there for.

        "We must move forward, not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom." - Kodos

        by Jon Stafford on Sat Dec 24, 2011 at 10:57:37 PM PST

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