Organizing with PASNAP: How it Works

Step 1: Building an Organizing Committee
The first step for winning a voice on the job is educate yourself and your co-workers about PASNAP, and develop a committee of RNs from every department and shift who are interested in organizing. Working with PASNAP staff, informational meetings will be scheduled for nurses to attend and have their questions answered.

Step 2: Sign a Card
Once RNs from all units have met and expressed support for organizing the union, PASNAP authorization cards or a petition will be circulated for RNs to sign.

Step 3: Election
When a strong majority of nurses have signed authorization cards or a petition, PASNAP will petition the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to conduct a secret ballot election. Union elections are conducted at the facility and take place during working hours. Your employer does not see your ballot or your authorization card, and they will not be present during the election process.

Step 4: Bargaining Your First Contract
After you win an election, you have a voice on the job! Your employer cannot change existing practices without bargaining with you and your co-workers first. Nurses will elect a bargaining committee and local officers who will work with PASNAP staff to  bargain your first contract. After a contract is voted on and ratified by all PASNAP RNs at the hospital, PASNAP staff will continue to work with local officers and leadership to build the union at your hospital. Members of PASNAP do not pay dues until a first contract is negotiated and ratified by the affected members. Membership dues are 1% of gross wages with a cap of $23.54 per pay period.

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