Though all nurses at KU receive the benefits of KUNA's contract regardless of membership status, becoming a member provides a much greater level of support and input. Only KUNA members can elect officers, vote to ratify an agreement or contract, participate in meetings with management, sit on committees or the negotiating team, or otherwise direct KUNA's goals and priorities.
Though KUNA represents all bargaining unit employees when the contract is violated, it is only empowered to represent KUNA members in individual grievances or disputes.
KUNA membership also comes with a number of benefits, including free life insurance, $2 million in malpractice coverage, workplace violence insurance, a free subscription to KUNA's newsletter as well as AFT's HealthWire magazine, and discounted rates on things like health insurance, pet insurance, hotels, rental cars, flowers, books, health club memberships, and more! (Click here to read more about member benefits.)
Finally, KUNA's influence with the Hospital and its ability to improve your workplace are dependent on membership strength. The Hospital takes us more seriously the more united--and protected--we are. KUNA renegotiates its contract with the Hospital every three years, and the stronger we become, the more we can achieve--not just for ourselves and our families, but for our patients, and the Kansas City community.