The California Nurses Association took a step toward becoming a national competitor to the American Nurses Association, winning its first labor election outside California. Cook County, Ill., nurses voted 955-487 to leave the ANA-affiliated Illinois Nurses Association and join a CNA offshoot, the National Nurses Organizing Committee. "This is a victory with national significance," CNA President Deborah Burger said. The NNOC will represent 1,800 Cook County nurses. The union plans to organize nurses in Arizona next, Burger said. -- by Melanie Evans
Calif. nurses union successfully branches out to Ill.
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