A nurses union vying to expand its reach and clout nationally scored a victory in late September when a Maine union opted to join its ranks.
The National Nurses Organizing Committee, the national organizing arm of the California Nurses Association, gained 1,600 members after a Sept. 29 vote by the Maine State Nurses Association to join the 70,000-member CNA. The win came just days before the National Labor Relations Board issued a ruling that outlines new criteria for classifying some midlevel supervisors, including nurses, as management.
Fernando Losada, a CNA/NNOC spokesman, said the California union has no elections scheduled in the near future. The CNA, which is among the nation's largest nurses unions, is seeking to affiliate with the AFL-CIO. The Maine roll-call vote was the CNA's third election and second victory outside California.
The CNA lost a June organizing vote at 267-bed Flagstaff (Ariz.) Medical Center but successfully challenged the election before a regional NLRB officer. The officer, Charlotte Benford, dismissed eight other unfair labor practice allegations but found employees were threatened with the loss of annual merit increases during at least 40 meetings with high-ranking hospital officials.
Flagstaff Medical Center appealed the decision, said hospital spokeswoman Janet Dean.