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NNU Strikes

When the union and a healthcare system are not able to reach agreement during collective bargaining, then negotiations are at a standstill.

Union members, at this point, have only three options:

  1. Give Up,

  2. Give In or

  3. Go on Strike.

Strikes are the only real power a union has, and NNU is not afraid to put its members on the picket line. Since 2010, NNU has been involved in 20 work stoppages, which put more than 75,000 members out of work.

In April 2015, the NNU, in conjunction with the California Nurses Association (CNA), took nearly 6,500 nurses on strike against a number of hospitals and medical centers throughout California. One news outlet said of the strike:

"... the spineless action was called by the unions to gain credibility and acquire a new section of dues-paying workers."

Take a look at the chart below for a breakdown of the NNU's history of work stoppages.

NNU Work Stoppages

Year Number Beginning
in Year
Number of
Workers Involved
2010 3 24,877
2011 2 5,650
2012 2 835
2013 - -
2014 3 20,525
2015 1 600
2016 4 13,233
2017 1 200
2018 1 200
2019 1 9,100




Source: Bureau of National Affairs (BNA PLUS)

What's at Risk?

When union members are put on the picket line by the Unions, 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.

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