The California Nurses Association (CNA) has recently launched an aggressive home mailing drive to generate interest by RNs in union representation. Hospitals throughout the State of Ohio, and perhaps beyond, have been the recipients of this clever mailing packet. Enclosed in the packet is a letter outlining various promises that CNA claims they can deliver for RNs if they join or affiliate with the CNA. These promises include:
- Salaries for RNs up to $125,000 a year
- Guaranteed pension plan
- Bans on mandatory overtime
- Resolution to staffing issues
An additional item included in the mailing is a “registration” card for membership into CNA’s National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC). The personal information gathered from these cards will undoubtedly be used by CNA to determine the level of interest in outside union representation by RNs and mostly likely serve as a starting point for a CNA internal organizing committee.
Another noteworthy piece of this mailing is the CNA “Unsafe Staffing Assignment” form. This document allows CNA to not only position themselves as advocates for patient safety, but also to act as the proponents of positive changes that will secure the rights and benefits for those RNs they represent.
With CNA’s recent track record of “raiding” currently union represented RN units, every hospital, both union and non-union, is potentially at risk with this most recent organizing tactic.
The most prudent measure that any hospital can take at this time is to develop a comprehensive communication response plan, with the assistance of a labor relations professional, in the event that RN interest in CNA representation takes hold.