2009 News

Historic Pact Creates Largest RN Union Ever in U.S.

02.18.2009

Powerful New Association of 150,000 RNs Joins to Organize All RNs, Promote Health Care Justice

United American Nurses, California Nurses Assn/NNOC, and Massachusetts Nurses Assn Reach Landmark Accord

Super UnionIn a dramatic move to unite the power and influence of America's leading direct care RN organizations, the United American Nurses, California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, and the Massachusetts Nurses Association today announced they are joining together to form a new, 150,000-member association.

The new organization will be called the United American Nurses-National Nurses Organizing Committee, UAN-NNOC (AFL-CIO), the three said in a joint statement issued today.

  • "Under the principle that RNs should be represented by an RN union," the statement declared, "we resolve to create a new union of staff nurse-led organizations named UAN-NNOC" to:
  • "Build an RN movement in order to defend and advance the interests of direct care nurses across the country;
  • "Organize all non-union direct care RNs (a substantial majority of the budget shall be dedicated to new organizing);
  • "Provide a powerful national voice for RN rights, safe RN practice, including safe RN-to-patient staffing ratios under the principle that safe staffing saves lives, and health care justice;
  • "Provide a vehicle for solidarity with sister nurse and allied organizations around the world;
  • "Create a national Taft-Hartley pension for union RNs."

Central to the new organization is a guiding principle that all RNs" should be represented by an RN union," the joint statement declared.

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