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100,000-Member Nurses Union Votes to Affiliate with AFL-CIO

  • July 9, 2001

In a troubling sign for health care employers, the United American Nurses, the 100,000-member union arm of the American Nurses Association, has voted to affiliate with the AFL-CIO, raising its number of health care employee members to 1.2 million. Excerpts from the UAN press release are below:

Washington, DC -- Registered nurse delegates of the United American Nurses (UAN) National Labor Assembly voted to affiliate with the AFL-CIO, forming an historic partnership with the federation's 64 unions. AFL-CIO President John Sweeney addressed UAN delegates and congratulated nurses on their unanimous vote to affiliate with the AFL-CIO at Washington's Omni Shoreham Hotel this afternoon.

The ANA is the largest and oldest professional association of registered nurses in the country and has had no formal external labor affiliation until this time.

"This new partnership with the AFL-CIO and its member unions can have a tremendous impact on health care in this country," said UAN President Cheryl Johnson, RN. "With their vote to accept our AFL-CIO charter, UAN delegates sent a message loud and clear that we are ready to roll up our sleeves and get down to the business of solving together the patient care crisis in this country." "Together, the UAN and unions of the AFL-CIO can provide a powerful and effective alliance that will take on the current health care system's inadequacies, unfair policies and unsafe conditions that plague both American families and health care workers," said AFL-CIO President John Sweeney.

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