Nurses organizing at Johns Hopkins are receiving support from outside Maryland, just as the wave of striking teachers has also spread across state boundaries. “Everyone benefits from a union; nurses, patients, and our employer,” wrote RN Trish Powers, a member of the Massachusetts Nurses Association and chair of her hospital’s bargaining committee, in a letter to Johns Hopkins nurses. “We stood united two years ago and secured an excellent contract.” Powers talked about the benefits of forming a union, including due process rights, better pay, safe working conditions, and a voice on the job. “We live in a democratic society. That should not stop at the threshold of our workplace.” Read the full letter here.
photo: Trish Powers (3rd from right) on the picket line with Verizon strikers; courtesy Massachusetts Nurses Association