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New Nurses' Union Would Be Nation's Largest

New Nurses' Union Would Be Nation's Largest

AP

February 19, 2009

WASHINGTON — Three unions that together represent about 150,000 registered nurses said Wednesday they are forming a new organization that would be the nation’s largest nurses’ union.

The agreement combines the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, United American Nurses and Massachusetts Nurses Association into a single entity that will be more active in the debate over health care reform.

The new union — to be called the United American Nurses-National Nurses Organizing Committee — will focus on improving standards for nurses and patients and devote more resources to increasing membership, said Rose Anne DeMoro, CNA’s executive director.

CNA is the country’s largest nurses’ union, with about 85,000 members nationwide.

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