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Unanimous Vote Creates Largest RN Union in U.S. History
Date:12/7/2009

PHOENIX, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- To standing cheers, delegates to the founding convention of the National Nurses United (NNU) today unanimously endorsed the creation of the largest union and professional organization of registered nurses in U.S. history - and projected a major escalation in campaigns to expand union representation of nurses and an expanded voice in healthcare reform.

"The promise of the future has arrived," said Karen Higgins, an RN from Massachusetts, and one of three newly elected presidents of the NNU, "with all the unlimited potential, creativity, vision, and power represented" by the delegates in the room, and the 150,000 members of the founding organizations.

NNU unites three of the most active, progressive organizations in the U.S.--and the major voices of unionized nurses--in the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, United American Nurses, and Massachusetts Nurses Association.

In adopting a constitution and electing national officers, the NNU plans to quickly move forward on an active campaign to:

  • Advance the interests of direct care nurses and patients across the U.S.
  • Organize all direct care RNs "into a single organization capable of exercising influence over the healthcare industry, governments, and employers."
  • Promote effective collective bargaining representation to all NNU affiliates to promote the economic and professional interests of all direct care RNs.
  • Expand the voice of direct care RNs and patients in public policy, including the enactment of safe nurse-to-patient ratios and patient advocacy rights in Congress and every state.
  • Win "healthcare justice, accessible, quality healthcare for all, as a human right."

"This is where we need to be, together as one, moving across the country," said Jean Ross, secretary-treasurer of the UAN, and new NNU co-president. "Some of us have been waiting our w
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