I just read your recent article about the formation of National Nurses United (“Unified, yes; united, no,” Dec. 14, 2009, p. 6). I felt it was a fair representation of the facts. However, there are a few questions still unanswered. I was at the Illinois Nurses Association five years ago when the California Nurses Association (aka the National Nurses Organizing Committee and a co-founder of the NNU) was courting Cook County nurses. The numbers they now have on the ground in Chicago after acquiring 1,800 new members have diminished. The “leaders” from Cook County who brought California in as their new union have left the Cook County system or changed their minds about wanting them. Be careful what you wish for; it may seem good at the start, but like a chameleon, the colors change when the cameras are off. The nurses being courted by the NNU have to open their eyes. They are a means to an end—money and power for those at the helm. They need to see things as they really are. The fat cats get fatter, and it's on their dime. What are they actually getting for their dues?
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