<<I would think since California left the American Nurses Association you would have to contact someone from the California Nurses Association.>>
Actually, California is still in the ANA - only the union part of it separated. But the information & examples given at http://www.nursingworld.org/uan/organize
explains about the reasons why RNs unionize & how RNs go about doing that. Doesnt matter which state youre in or which union you choose. Anybody can read it. Its good info to start with. Its just gives you an idea of the process & what it entails. Click on the arrows on that webpage to follow the story.
SEIUs nursing section - WWW.NurseAlliance.org
- also has general information on how to go about unionizing. Doesnt matter which union you end up choosing - the process is the same.
Once you have an idea of what you have to do, then its up to you to call all the strong RN unions in your area, interview them all, check out previous contracts theyve negotiatied, speak to other nurses whom they represent & find out how well they do it, find out how important your professional issues are to that particular union & the kind of priority those issues are given - shop around - then choose the one that you feel will best represent you the way you want to be represented.
A lot of nurse unionizing is going on with many different unions. CNA represents only RNs. There are several other nurses unions in California - affiliates of the AFL-CIO. One is the SEIU which is the largest healthcare union. You can find more nurses unions at www.AFL-CIO.org
Most of them represent RNs & LPNs.
One of the major nursing unions in California is the AFL-CIO affiliated United Nurses of California (UNAC) - and they have recently filed a groundbreaking lawsuit against Tenet Healthcare Corp. The suit claims that Tenet Healthcare has "engaged in systematic understaffing of RNs throughout Southern California, and failed to pay them for legally protected work breaks". The RNs are asking the court to order Tenet Healthcare to provide adequate nursing staff for RNs to take lunches and breaks. They are also seeking back wages and damages for up to 7,000 Tenet Healthcare RNs who may have not been paid for work at 36 Southern California hospitals. All eyes are on this significant lawsuit.
Some nurses are represented by these unions, & some nurses at certain hospitals around the state have their own unions just at their facilities.
Stanford/Packard has CRONA
El Camino has PRN
and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center has RNPA (no website)
to name a few.
Become an "educated consumer" & then make an informed decision - its an open market - & its your choice.
(click on the Nursing Activism/Politics page of this BB for more info on nurses unionizing)