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Calif. Nurses Group Joins AFL-CIO, Seeking Reform

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Calif. Nurses Group Joins AFL-CIO, Seeking Reform

Tuesday, May 22, 2007; Page D03

The California Nurses Association, one of the nation's largest unions of registered nurses, announced yesterday that it was affiliating with the AFL-CIO to join the labor federation's campaign for universal health insurance.

Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of the 75,000-member nurses' union, said that after a century as an independent union, the nurses joined the AFL-CIO because of what they see as unprecedented momentum for comprehensive health-care reform. She said her union opposed any reforms that would leave private insurers as the system's gatekeepers and chose the AFL-CIO because of its vote this year to support a single-payer system under which one entity would finance all health care....

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/21/AR2007052101435.html

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This is a newspaper photo of an anti union nurse trying to lead others into a private California Nurses Association party with lawn signs supporting the governors defeated propositions. There was no purpose to this because the polls were closed.

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The CNA/NNOC is led by elected direct care registered nurses. We are the union that won whistle blower law for acute care hospital employees, patients, and families. We won the first safe staffing ratio law with restrictions on unlicensed assistive personnel.

Zenei Cortez becomes the first Filipino President of CNA/NNOC, the nation's premier organization of Filipino nurses. This marks a watershed moment for nursing, which has increasingly become a global profession marked by steady migration from the Philippines, as well as for the larger Filipino-American community, which now numbers more than 2 million people but is only beginning to acquire the social and political representation it deserves.

Reflecting on the election, Cortez remarked, "I am deeply touched by the honor bestowed upon me by my fellow nurses. To have come so far in my life and now to share the responsibility of advocating for patients and RNs alike is nothing that I could have imagined."

Geri Jenkins becomes the first President of the CNA/NNOC to be based in Southern California. In her own post-election statement, Jenkins vowed to continue the healthcare advocacy of CNA/NNOC. "We are facing a human and political crisis of unimaginable proportions in the meltdown of our healthcare system," she said. "I am here to build the grand coalition of nurses and patients that will finally allow us to end this crisis, and guarantee patients the level of care they deserve."

Malinda Markowitz stressed the importance of organizing and giving a voice to RNs across the country. "For too long," she said, "direct-care registered nurses have had no one to advocate for them. Our rapid growth across the country finally gives these nurses a voice, and allows us to protect nursing practice and advocate for patients. Nurses are responding to our call."

Deborah Burger thanked the members of CNA/NNOC for her re-election, and explained, "We created the Council of Presidents to give staff RNs the ability to remain a direct-care nurse and as well as provide a leadership role in the organization. The new structure allows us to have more contact with patients and members in our facilities."

The new Council of Presidents updates the single-President system of CNA/NNOC and reflects the need to maintain links with a diverse and far-flung membership.

http://www.calnurse.org/media-center/press-releases/2007/may/page.jsp?itemID=30533155

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St. Louis a Key as Nurses’ Union Joins the AFL-CIO

By Philip Dine

Monday, May. 21 2007

At a time when union representation of workers is slipping, and labor itself has split into two competing federations, the news today from the labor movement was different — the California Nurses Association joined the AFL-CIO. The 75,000-member CNA has been aggressively organizing nurses around the country, with some nurses saying that changes in the health care industry require them to have union support so they can more effectively advocate for their patients.

The move by the CNA, which has members in every state, brings to 325,000 the number of registered nurses in the AFL-CIO….

http://www.stltoday.com/blogs/news-dc-download/2007/05/st-louis-a-key-as-nurses-union-joins-the-afl-cio/print/

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