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5 Ways MNA Union Dues Are Unfair

  1. Part-time nurses have to pay the same amount as full-time nurses.  Every nurse who is paid more than 988 hours in a year (an average of 19 hours per week) has to pay the same amount of dues.  So come July 1, 2013, a nurse who works 24 hours a week can pay up to $994.80/year to the MNA just like a nurse who works 40 hours a week.

  2. Per diem nurses pay much more than their fair share.  Per diem nurses pay at least 75% of the regular dues even if they only work one shift a month.  Per diem nurses only get this option after they prove to the MNA that they were paid for 988 or fewer hours in the preceding calendar year.

  3. The MNA negotiates contracts that require hospitals to fire good nurses who don’t pay dues or an agency fee.  The MNA negotiates a union security clause into its contracts.  These clauses require nurses working to pay union dues or an agency fee as a condition of employment.  If a nurse does not pay those dues or the agency fee or falls behind in those payments, the MNA can require the hospital to fire that nurse – even if the nurse is a good nurse who has worked there for a long time.

  4. The MNA could increase its dues even if every SSH nurse opposed a dues increase.   The MNA sets its dues by a vote of the “Voting Body” at its annual business meeting.  The “Voting Body” is the MNA’s Board of Directors, MNA members, and a designated representative of the organizational affiliates who have registered as in attendance at the meeting.  The MNA claims to have 23,000 members.  South Shore Hospital employs approximately 1,100 nurses in the hospital and the home care division.  Therefore, if every SSH nurse opposed a dues increase, but more than 1,100 MNA members who work at big Boston hospitals attended the meeting and supported a dues increase, the dues would be increased over the objection of the South Shore Hospital nurses.

  5. Paying dues to the MNA does not guarantee that a nurse gets what she wants from collective bargaining.  There are no guarantees in collective bargaining.  If the MNA became the representative of the South Shore Hospital nurses, the law requires the hospital to bargain in good faith with the MNA, and the hospital would do this.  However, the law does not require either party to agree to the other’s proposals or to make a concession from its own proposals. 

The MNA makes a lot of promises about what it can do for you with those expensive dues you would be paying under a typical MNA contract.  You should ask yourself what you get for those dues – it certainly won’t be perfection.  Nurses represented by the MNA have picketed at several hospitals in the last couple of years complaining about what they characterize as unsafe staffing at their hospitals.  The MNA has negotiated contracts that expressly permit hospitals to float nurses.  Nurses represented by the MNA have been laid off at other hospitals.  Definitely not perfection.

Does it seem like a good deal to pay the MNA a lot of money when it can’t guarantee that it will get you what you want?