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RN 'Super Union' Takes Next Step in Building Strong National Voice for Nurses With Focus on Organizing
Date:5/4/2009

said CNA/NNOC Co-president Deborah Burger, RN.

"Since the founding of UAN, we have had a vision of reuniting staff nurses in one single, powerful movement," said UAN President Ann Converso, RN. "Over the years we have seen staff RNs splinter and work in isolation--and we have seen employers, managers and anti-union forces take full advantage of that isolation. With the reunification of 150,000 staff nurses working together under the UAN-NNOC banner, we have a historic opportunity to say, 'those days are over.' Together, there is no limit to what staff nurses can achieve to win better patient care and fix our healthcare system."

"We are pleased to have taken the next step forward in creating a super union for registered nurses in America," said Julie Pinkham, RN, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Nurses Association. "The overwhelming focus of this new body will be to organize nurses across this country, while also providing a powerful national voice to address a variety of issues important to nurses and the patients they care for."

"The reunification of these three organizations creates a solid foundation of what will become the largest union of registered nurses in the U.S.," said UAN Executive Director Walt Frederickson, RN. "We will now start the hard work of organizing the nearly 2 million unorganized RNs in this country and invite them to join us in building this organization so their voices will be heard advocating for the nursing profession and healthcare reform."

"The new agreement underlines the promise of our February accord and brings closer to fruition a unified movement to establish one national union for RNs with unlimited promise. It is a historic time for registered nurses in America," said CNA/NNOC Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro.

In addition to emphasizing union organizing campaigns for RNs, the three organizations have said they intend to work asserti
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SOURCE California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee
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