friday, june 4, 2010,
nearly 2,000 texas rns join national nurses' union
[color=#111111]more than 1,900 texas nurses have voted in recent weeks to join the national nurses united
union, which is based in large part on the california nurses association
's membership and that of affiliated unions. that includes 250 who voted to join thursday night in brownsville.
[color=#111111]those rns, at valley regional medical center
, capped a two-week streak during which nurses at five texas hospitals voted to be represented by the new union in national labor relations board-supervised tallies, a streak nnu described friday as a "historic sweep that could alter the nation's labor and political landscape."
[color=#111111]the texas facilities will be represented by the national nurses organizing committee-texas, an affiliate of 155,000-member national nurses united, union officials said june 4.
[color=#111111]the hospitals include corpus christi medical center
in corpus christi, del sol medical center
and las palmas medical center
in el paso, rio grande regional hospital
in mcallen, along with valley regional, all of which are operated by the nation's largest hospital for-profit system, hca
[color=#111111]...previously, just one private hospital, houston's cypress fairbanks
, was previously unionized, according to nnu....