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United American Nurses Vote Brings 'Super Union' and New Chapter for RN Power Closer to Achievement
Date:11/3/2009

SAINT PAUL, Minn., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Formation of the largest nurses' union and professional association in U.S. history took another major step forward Monday with a unanimous endorsement of the affiliation agreement vote by delegates representing 80 percent of the members of the United American Nurses (UAN). Even as a number of state affiliates inexplicably failed to attend the meeting, the national delegate assembly of the UAN moved forward to create the 150,000 member RN "Super Union."

Meeting in Orlando, Fla., the UAN National Labor Assembly also elected Jean Ross, RN, of the Minnesota Nurses Association as a Co- President of the NNU. Joining her on the NNU leadership team from the UAN affiliates are Linda Slattengren and Bernadine (Bunny) Engeldorf from Minnesota and Diane Goddeeris from Michigan.

Coming out of this meeting, UAN members are even closer to joining with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee and the Massachusetts Nurses Association. The president and vice president of the UAN walked out of the meeting, supporting the elected leaders and staff from some of the affiliates who chose not to attend in a conspiracy to deny a quorum. Yet, delegates attending from Minnesota, Michigan, District of Columbia and Southern United Nurses were steadfast in their resolve to move forward. As required by the UAN Constitution, there will be an expeditious mail ballot of all the NLA delegates to approve the Consolidation and Affiliation Agreement.

"This brings us closer to the vision of our late president Cheryl Johnson of reuniting these states and achieving the greater voice and collective power of a national nurses movement our patients and our profession so rightly deserve," said Ross. "We are committed to the NNU. We are so impressed with the solidarity demonstrated by the delegates attending the NLA. We will continue to reach out to those that weren't there and expect t
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