The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, a 5,100-member union, joined the California Nurses Associations National Nurses Organizing Committee.
Patty Eakin, president of the Pennsylvania union and an emergency room nurse at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, said the deal brings with it resources to boost recruiting and promote nurse-to-patient ratio legislation in Pennsylvania. The Oakland, Calif.-based CNA launched its national organizing arm, the NNOC, in 2005, winning its first victory in Illinois. The CNA, one of the nations largest nurses unions, joined the AFL-CIO in May, which Eakin described as an asset. -- by Melanie Evans
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