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New national “super union” for RNs chooses name, plans founding convention

Leaders of three major U.S. nurses’ organizations, including the Oakland-based California Nurses Association, said earlier this week that they’ve picked a name for their proposed new 150,000-RN merged entity: National Nurses United.

The three merging organizations—the 86,000-member CNA/National Nurses Organizing Committee, Maryland-based United American Nurses and Massachusetts Nurses Association—said they plan to hold a “founding convention” for the new national union Dec. 7-8 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

In mid-February, the three organizations announced plans to merge and become an AFL-CIO affiliate. The new organization’s initial—and admittedly unwieldy—proposed name was the United American Nurses-National Nurses Organizing Committee, the groups said Feb. 18.

New national “super union” for RNs chooses name, plans founding convention
San Francisco Business Times - by Chris Rauber

Leaders of three major U.S. nurses’ organizations, including the Oakland-based California Nurses Association, said earlier this week that they’ve picked a name for their proposed new 150,000-RN merged entity: National Nurses United.

The three merging organizations—the 86,000-member CNA/National Nurses Organizing Committee, Maryland-based United American Nurses and Massachusetts Nurses Association—said they plan to hold a “founding convention” for the new national union Dec. 7-8 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The groups, which met last week in Minneapolis to lay the groundwork for National Nurses United, say the new organization will become the “largest registered nurses union and professional association in U.S. history.”

It remains unclear exactly what leadership roles the CNA’s longtime Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro and other CNA officials will hold in the merged organization, but CNA spokesman Chuck Idelson said there will likely be a leadership group made up of three co-presidents.

In mid-February, the three organizations announced plans to merge and become an AFL-CIO affiliate. The new organization’s initial—and admittedly unwieldy—proposed name was the United American Nurses-National Nurses Organizing Committee, the groups said Feb. 18.

The groups said that last week’s meeting of an interim executive committee “continues a unification process that will culminate in December.” All three will hold national conventions prior to December to ratify the pending unification agreement, they said, which is “intended to build a stronger, more powerful national movement of direct-care RNs.”

 

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