NEW YORK NURSE: May 2010
Q.: How can I, as a union delegate, get involved with new-member orientation at my facility?
A.: Being a new employee is not easy. The first few days, weeks, and months can be a stressful time. So how can local bargaining unit leaders assist in the transition of our new brothers and sisters?
An initial meeting with a new union member is the best time to develop your relationship. For some, this may be a first experience as a member of a union. Research has shown that new members form their opinions about their union often within a short period of time after starting employment.
New member orientation begins with a structured plan. So ask yourself these questions:
What you should include in a new-member packet:
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact your NYSNA nursing or program representative.
The NYSNA EGW Program receives many inquiries each month from members who have problems in their workplaces. If you have a question about labor relations at your facility, contact your NYSNA nursing representative. If you have a question you think should be featured in this column, send it to: RNs at Work, NYSNA, 120 Wall Street, 23rd Floor, New York, N.Y. 10005.