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Nurse's Union Close to Affiliation With AFL-CIO

  • April 6, 2001

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney has been given the green light to issue a charter to the United American Nurses, the labor arm of the American Nurses Association. The affiliation will be voted on by delegates to the UAN's National Labor Assembly during its meeting in Washington at the end of June.

The UAN was created in June 1999 because of tension within the ANA between nurses who engage in collective bargaining and those who hold only professional membership. The UAN represents more than 100,000 nurses for collective bargaining and would continue to pay full dues to ANA as well as per capita payments to the AFL-CIO.

The AFL-CIO's approval of the UAN charter issue took place just days after the Massachusetts Nurses Association, the second largest ANA affiliate, and the Maine State Nurses Association both voted to disaffiliate from the ANA. Both the MNA and the MSNA have voiced interest in joining forces with other spinoff state associations seeking to be more aggressive in organizing activities. Other unions representing health care employees publicly have supported the UAN charter grant, including the Service Employees International Union, the AFL-CIO's largest health care union.

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