The California Nurses Association has joined the AFL-CIO, bringing to 325,000 the number of registered nurses represented by the labor coalitions 55 member unions, which also include the 104,000-member United American Nurses.
The affiliation is the latest maneuver in a reshuffling within organized labor under way since June 2005, when dissident unions broke from the AFL-CIO to form a rival coalition.
The CNA and its national organizing arm, the National Nurses Organizing Committee, represent an estimated 71,000 registered nurses. The Oakland, Calif.-based union split from the American Nurses Association in 1995. -- by Melanie Evans