Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, doesn’t need to conduct a survey of healthcare executives to know they’re more worried than ever about their nurses joining unions.
Employers foresee more union organizing: survey
All she has to do is check her voice mail. For the first time, DeMoro said, hospitals where the association does not represent workers “are reaching out to us to ask us what this all means. There is resignation to the inevitability of the fact that there is going to be more organization.”
For those more inclined to wait for the hard data, it arrives this week in the form of the 33rd semiannual Labor Activity in Health Care Report from the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration and IRI Consultants. The report, which was provided to Modern Healthcare ahead of its official Nov. 2 release, finds nearly all employers have been preparing to enter a more labor-friendly environment with Democrats in control in Washington, the recession causing widespread job anxiety, and unions setting aside their past differences to work cooperatively against employers.
The midyear survey included in the report found the number of employers who reported being “very concerned” about increased union activity in their workplaces grew by 13% in the past 12 months. A total of 78% of respondents reported being either “somewhat” or “very” concerned about unionization.
“Unions began to smell blood in the water,” said IRI Consultants President Jim Trivisonno. “They’re very excited about their future, which for years was uncertain.”
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