The California Nurses Association voted to begin affiliation talks with the AFL-CIO, a national federation of 53 unions. The vote by about 500 delegates at the CNA biennial convention was "nearly unanimous," the CNA said in a news release. The CNA, which split from the American Nurses Association in 1995, said it represents roughly 65,000 nurses including those in its newly formed national arm, the National Nurses Organizing Committee. The decision to seek affiliation comes during a tumultuous time for the AFL-CIO, which this summer lost one of its largest members, the Service Employees International Union, over organizing issues. The SEIU represents 1.8 million workers, including 80,000 nurses. -- by Melanie Evans
Calif. nurses union to seek affiliation with AFL-CIO
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