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Principles of the United American Nurses-National Nurses Organizing Committee, UAN-NNOC (AFL-CIO)

The three organizations agreed to the following principles:

"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:

  1. "Build an RN movement in order to defend and advance the interests of direct care nurses across the country;
  2. "Organize all non-union direct care RNs (a substantial majority of the budget shall be dedicated to new organizing);
  3. "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;
  4. "Provide a vehicle for solidarity with sister nurses and allied organizations around the world;
  5. "Create a national Taft-Hartley pension for union RNs." (Taft-Hartley pension is a union/employer run defined-benefit pension with the union having equal votes. Many other unions currently enjoy this benefit, but nurses, due to their fragmentation, have not had this benefit).