The first six months of 2010 were very productive for the nation's healthcare unions, and there is little to indicate that the tide is turning in management's favor, at least for the next year or so.
The 35th Semi Annual Labor Activity in Healthcare Report—conducted by IRI Consultants for the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration—found union win rates in healthcare representation elections have held above 70% for five straight years.
Even more impressive, in the first six months of 2010 the Service Employees International Union won 91% of its representation elections, and the newly formed National Nurses United won 100% of its elections.
Clearly, when a healthcare union targets a hospital for an organizing campaign, it's highly likely that the union will succeed.
The report's findings indicate more aggressive attitudes by healthcare unions that show no sign of abating into 2011.
IRI President Jim Trivisonno says unions are at a distinct advantage for a number of reasons, including pro-labor sentiment on the National Labor Relations Board, the White House, and (at least for the next month or so) in Congress, and workers' anxiety over the economy.