I Don’t Have a Union. Is My Condition Serious?

Working non-union can be the biggest public health challenge facing nurses and other health care professionals.

Here are some symptoms of working without a union:

  • Chronic understaffing & unsafe workloads
  • No voice in patient care decisions
  • Low wages, increases small and unpredictable, arbitrary "merit" pay
  • Benefit cuts
  • I'm floated to units where I don’t have expertise
  • I feel like my license is in constant danger
  • I'm pressured to clock out and work through breaks and lunches
  • Discipline is arbitrary and unfair, with no recourse
  • Management plays favorites
  • Low morale, high turnover

Prescription: Union!

When you join together as a team, you gain the legal right to stand up and speak out, without fear, for your patients and yourselves.

You will have the strength in numbers to negotiate a strong contract—a legally-binding document that management must follow.

Here’s what it can be like to work with a union and a contract:

  • Management held accountable to safe staffing ratios
  • Nurses and health care professionals protected to advocate for patients
  • Safe floating rules guaranteed
  • Guaranteed breaks and lunches, with resource nurse to cover
  • Regular, guaranteed wage increases, with wage grids that reward experience
  • Good benefits, guaranteed by contract
  • Money and time off to continue your education
  • Higher morale, low turnover


See for yourself what UNAC/UHCP has won for patients, nurses and health care professionals—and how we did it.

Who Should Join?

UNAC/UHCP represents over 28,000 registered nurses and other health care professionals, including optometrists; pharmacists; physical, occupational and speech therapists; case managers; nurse midwives; social workers; clinical lab scientists; physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

If you belong to one of these or another closely related health care profession, reach out to see how UNAC/UHCP can help you improve patient care by winning a voice in your work place.

How Can I Get a Union Too?

You probably have a lot more questions about what's involved in joining a union like UNAC/UHCP.

We can answer your questions and help you strategize on how to win a voice for you and your coworkers.


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