The Minnesota Nurses Association has voted to pull its membership of 20,000 nurses out of the American Nurses Association, following six other states that have recently pulled out of the national professional organization.
Linda Slattengren, president of the Minnesota association, said the decision to pull out of ANA effective Monday was driven by member concerns that the national group was not fully supportive of organized labor. In particular, Minnesota nurses became concerned after ANA did not affiliate with the national labor union, United American Nurses, after a previous agreement expired last June. Minnesota nurses also felt the ANA did not support its legislative priorities, including disagreements on staffing legislation, Slattengren said.
Minnesota is the seventh state nurses group to withdraw membership from the ANA, following California, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan and Pennsylvania, the Minnesota association said. I would say its a significant message that ANA with their latest actions is not supportive of labor, Slattengren said. Although Minnesota nurses support ANA officials rights to determine their own priorities, the state group decided to stop paying nearly $1 million in annual membership dues because of its concerns.
Officials with the ANA said the Minnesota association did not follow the ANA rules requiring the state group to take a vote of at least two-thirds of its membership before it could legally withdraw from the national organization. The American Nurses Association is disappointed to see the Minnesota Nurses Associations plans to divide the ANA and MNA, the organization said in a written statement. -- by Joe Carlson