<there is no union with nursing? And is it because noone can reunite them? I"m surpirsed the ANA hasn't gotten up and done anything.>
To correct that misconception -
100,000 unionized staff nurses in the ANA most certainly did get up & do something about that.
They demanded a national union & made it happen -- Twenty-six unionized state associations of the ANA, (which is all of the ANA state assoc that have union services, except Hawaii - for now) - united and formed an RN national labor union, affiliated with the ANA. Its called the United American Nurses (UAN)/AFL-CIO.
It was several years in the making & is brand new, up & running into its 3rd year. It consists of over 100,000 unionized ANA nurses from all over the country (including the South & "right-to-work" at-will states) - all of them working staff RNs and only working staff RNs (meaning direct-pt-care RNs in hospitals, nursing homes, surgical centers, dialyisis centers, clinics, schools, home care, etc - including full time, part time, and per diem RN staff).
The UAN is run by & for the working staff RN. The union's president, leadership, and board of directors are all staff RN members who are elected by the other staff RN members. The UAN is the largest RN union in the nation. In 2001, it became the 3rd largest union of all unions within the AFL-CIO, and was elected by the other unions to hold a seat on the AFL-CIO Executive Board. That means that unionized staff RNs are in a position of political power in the house of labor in this country.
The following state nurses assocs have union programs & are already part of the UAN:
District of Columbia
US Virgin Islands
...With over 100,000 UAN unionized working staff RNs throughout those states - all of them members of the ANA as well.
Nurses in these states and even those who live in states that aren't on this list
, can contact the UAN directly for more info.
A new website is being constructed, but the old one is still up at www.UANnurse.org
also, see http://www.UANnurse.org/uan/organize/