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Michigan Nurses Association joins new 150,000-member national union

By Jay Greene
Crain’s Detroit Business

Seven months after Okemos-based Michigan Nurses Association withdrew from the American Nurses Association, the 10,000-member state union and lobbying organization has joined the newly formed 150,000-member National Nurses United.

“We are witness to the birth of a strong vibrant organization that will address the injustice in the health care system and restore a balance of power in our hospitals,” said MNA Executive Director John Karebian.

National Nurses United was formed through the merger of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, the Massachusetts Nurses Association and the United American Nurses.

The MNA is a constituent member of the United American Nurses and an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.

The new union also adopted several campaigns, including:

  • Organizing all direct care nurses “into a single organization capable of exercising influence over the health care industry, governments, and employers.”
  • Promoting effective collective bargaining representation to all union affiliates to promote the economic and professional interests of all direct care nurses.
  • Expanding the voice of direct care nurses and patients in public policy, including the enactment of safe nurse-to-patient ratios and patient advocacy rights in Congress and every state.
  • Winning “health care justice, accessible, quality health care for all as a human right.”