That Union Thing

550 nurses at Osceola Medical Center in Kissimmee have voted overwhelmingly to be represented by the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida, an affiliate of National Nurses United.

Osceola Medical Center is a part of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), and nurses at several other HCA hospitals in Florida will also soon be voting on union representation. Nurses stated that they voted for union representation to strengthen their voice and build power for nurses.

Dealers at the Wynn Las Vegas Casino have ratified their first collective bargaining agreement, three years after voting for union representation through the Transport Workers. Under the new agreement, workers are no longer "at-will" employees who can be fired at any time, and they are no longer subject to arbitrary and sudden changes to workplace policies.

The National Labor Relations Board is accusing American Medical Response of Connecticut of illegally firing an employee over criticism posted on Facebook. The NLRB claims that criticizing a company or your supervisors on social networking sites is a protected activity, similar to having the same discussions with fellow employees at the water-cooler, and that any policy restricting such conversations is a violation of a worker's right to discuss working conditions or unionization.


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