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

hole careers for this."

"This means we finally have (an organization and constitution) that directly challenges the role of corporations in healthcare delivery, instead of accommodating and enabling their control," said Minnesota Nurses Association President Linda Hamilton, RN.

"We are going to make sure we organize every single direct care RN in this country. RNs and our patients deserve to have a national nurses movement that can advocate for them," said Deborah Burger, RN of CNA/NNOC, and the third co-president of NNU.

"There are a few things in history that really stand out and make a difference, this is one of them," said Jeff Breslin, RN president of the Michigan Nurses Association.

"It's a new day in America," said CNA/NNOC Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro, and "it is 100 years overdue."

Delegates to the convention were also greeted by Stewart Acuff, personal assistant to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, NNU is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, and Linda Silas, RN, president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions.

"You are going to make a difference for this country by uniting your power and strengthening your voice," said Acuff. The founding of the NNU is a major step forward in the fight to achieve "healthcare for every American regardless of ability to pay, socio-economic status, or accident of birth," and to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, Acuff said. "We can best lift America out of this recession by passing EFCA" and strengthening the ability of nurses and all workers to form unions and bargain collectively.

Silas hailed the creation of the NNU, and said she looks forward to working with NNU to build and support nurses unions around the world.

SOURCE National Nurses United


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