When the union and a healthcare system are not able to reach agreement during collective bargaining, then negotiations are at a standstill.
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Union members, at this point, have only three options:
Give In or
Go on Strike.
Strikes are the only real power a union has, and the NUHW is not afraid to put members on the picket line.
Since 2010, the NUHW has been involved in 22 work stoppages, which put over 22,000 of their members out of work. (Source: The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.)
In early 2015, the NUHW put patients at risk at several Kaiser Permanente west coast facilities when thousands of union members staged a walkout. Officials at Kaiser said the Union was putting bargaining ahead of patients.
"Union tactics designed to put our patients at risk are not productive," John Nelson, Kaiserís vice president of government relations.
What's at Risk?
When union members are put on the picket line by the NUHW, they find out first hand just what they're risking during an economic strike.
Paychecks from the healthcare system may stop.
Strikers may have to pay the entire premium for any medical, dental and vision insurance policies.
Economic strikers don't qualify for unemployment in certain states.
In an economic strike, strikers may be permanently replaced: The striker will go on a preferential recall list, but a replacement worker has no obligation to give up the job when the strike is over and the employer has no obligation to rehire the striking workers.
Possible loss of customers from a strike may impact team members' job security.