Happy Trails Scenario
Happy Trails, LLC. is a medium-sized independent living home, a for-profit facility located in a suburban environment. Due to traffic and road congestion, this eldercare facility is the most convenient independent living home near the city. Independent living homes in the city offer many of the same services as Happy Trails, but are more expensive. The elderly may go to a several hospitals for acute health care issues.
In a response to the changing economy and patient access from the suburban areas to the city, Happy Trails has taken some measures to compete, become more attractive, and build on its long-term care for patients in the surrounding areas. It has reduced overtime allotments of its seasoned patient care staff, and has terminated several registered nurses. As the registered nurses leave Happy Trails, they are replaced by Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), who receive lower compensation and fewer benefits.
The health care facilities in the city are unionized and are well represented by an experienced union business agent. The union has recently negotiated superior wages and benefits at the independent living homes in the city.
In terms of the health care professionals employed there, Happy Trails is not so happy now because the union representing the other facilities has received the attention of the Happy Trails LPNs.
As a members of a consulting firm. I am responsible for representing these LPNs and advising them regarding the following questions:
The LPNs have asked for my advice: looking for information on they questions
1. What would you advise the LPNs to do? Should they unionize? What are the advantages and disadvantages of unionizing at Happy Trials?
2. What issues might the union raise during the organizing effort?
3. What steps must the LPNs follow to unionize?
4. What unfair labor practices need to be avoided by LPNs?
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1. What would you advise the LPN's to do? Should they unionize? What are the advantages and disadvantages of unionizing at Happy Trials?
Unionizing would be a choice made by the LPN's for a variety of professional reasons. More and more professionals are seeking a voice at work to help them achieve their professional goals and provide protection against unfair treatment. According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), workers classified as "professionals" are represented by unions at a higher rate than the general workforce (23 versus 15 percent) however; it would appear the nursing profession holds a much lower percentage of union representation.
Changes in corporate structure and culture have many professional vocations looking for a way to protect their ...