Union members have several different tools to use to ensure they have the best opportunity to provide quality services. The collective bargaining agreement (contract) and the grievance process are just two of them. We have filed and won many grievances in the past and continue to support the rights of members to challenge any decision or discipline they believe to be unfair.
- We have reduced and/or removed unjust discipline from members' files, and have won members' jobs back after they have been unjustly terminated.
Other Important Victories
In addition to making improvements through the grievance process, VFNHP has made significant improvements through the power of solidarity. Like AFT, VFNHP is a strong organizing union. In other words, in addition to typical union servicing work, we know that our strength and success comes from all of us working together in solidarity.
Under the Bush administration, in 2006 the NLRB classified many nurses as "supervisors" if they simply exercise the most basic independent judgment in the course of their duties. "Supervisors" don't have the protected rights under the National Labor Relations Act to form and join unions. To undercut union organizing drives, employers often try to classify workers as supervisors so they can't be part of the group that has the right to vote in a union representation election.
VFHNP organized against this clear attack on union member’s rights, and we won an agreement in our 2006 contract that ensures that bargaining unit members do not lose their union membership if the hospital assigns them supervisory duties as defined by the National Labor Relations Board.