The Massachusetts Nurses Association has become the second of three large healthcare unions to ratify a decision to unite their combined 154,000 members and create what would be the largest union solely representing registered nurses in the country.
Mass. Nurses Association OKs merger move
The new union, which would be called National Nurses United, would represent RNs in 22 states and be composed of the Massachusetts union; United American Nurses; and the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee. Today the three unions have memberships of 23,000, 45,000, and 86,000, respectively.
Members of CNA/NNOC ratified the decision to join the NNU on Sept. 10, and UAN members are scheduled to vote Nov. 2-3. If all three groups ratify, NNU is scheduled to hold its founding convention Dec. 7-8 and Scottsdale, Ariz.
UAN and CNA/NNOC are both chartered members of AFL-CIO, and the NNU, if formed, would seek to remain affiliated with the federation and continue to hold its two seats in the organization's board, UAN President Ann Converso said. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is already scheduled to speak at the convention.
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