A Major Win for Nurses in Texas
More than 1,500 Texas nurses won new contracts through their first ever collective bargaining agreement yesterday. They joined National Nurses United, which is the argest union of registered nurses in the country.
"Texas took a big step forward in terms of patient care standards with these agreements," said Fred Flores, RN, of Corpus Christi Medical Center’s Emergency Department.
The announcement comes only weeks after thousands of Houston janitors went on strike for weeks, demanding that the city raise the minimum wage.
The nurses new contracts apply to RNs in El Paso, Corpus Christi and Brownsville. According to the RNs, the new contracts will significantly improve patient care. A large part of the contract included forming a Professional Practice Committee, that would give the RNs greater input into the staffing and procedural practices in their hospitals.
“For us, having an acknowledged role in the standards, for patient care, is a must-win in a contract,” said Maria Navarro, RN, of Del Sol Medical Center’s Labor & Delivery Unit. “We are professionals who work at the bedside and patients count on us. Management gains from our expertise. We need to be able to share it and management needs to be listening. We have achieved that in our new contract.”