My heart goes out to Linda and the other RNs at Catholic Health Partners who have had their dreams shattered by CNA--a so-call patient advocacy organization and so-called union.
My nursing career has been dedicated to advancing nurses' voices in our hospitals, our communities, our state legislatures and in Congress. I've chosen to work with the Service Employees Internation Union (SEIU) because it is the best organization to advocate for professional nurses in all of these areas.
The California Nurses Association (CNA) stooped to an all-time low when it interfered in a democratic election whereby 8,000 nurses and other hospital employees could choose whether or not they wanted to form a union with SEIU. Now, those caregivers are left without a voice--not SEIU, not CNA.
This is just another ill-spirited maneuver that threatens our patients and our profession. Time and time again, CNA has used whatever means necessary, including lies, threats, and intimidation, to prevent healthcare employees from uniting in SEIU--these are not virtues that our profession stands for. And these tactics aren't isolated to one state, much less the state of California where 100,000 RNs are without a union. I've seen it in St. Louis, Chicago, Reno, Las Vegas, Memphis and more.
Even hospital union-busting consultants don't go this low.