Brenda Cowart: Nurses at Memorial don’t need union

06/18/2014 4:08 PM

06/18/2014 4:09 PM

Regarding “Proud to be union-free” (Letters, June 10): I am replying to the letter regarding union free at Memorial Medical Center. I too would like to say that I am proud to work at Memorial Medical Center as a registered nurse.

In my years as an employee, I have felt valued and respected. I personally have served on committees that allow employees to make positive changes for both patients and staff. Why would I want to pay an organization who does not know me, or what is important to me, to “collectively bargain” for me and be my voice? Especially considering that this union’s first priority is to guarantee that every nurse must pay dues or be fired. It does not sound like they have my best interests in mind.

I am wise enough to know that what the union offers is nothing but empty campaign promises and, thankfully, I am not greedy enough to kill the goose that lays the golden egg in trying to get what I really already have – fair wages, great benefits, flexible scheduling, a wonderful work environment, and the opportunity to work WITH management to make a difference for patients and staff.

(California Nurses Association) is not needed or welcome at Memorial.

Brenda Cowart, Ripon

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