Thu Feb 14, 2013, 08:01 PM
Omaha Steve (52,620 posts)
National Federation of Nurses to affiliate with the AFT
Source: American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
The leaders of two labor organizations representing healthcare professionals announced on Feb. 14 that they have approved an affiliation agreement that will bring 34,000 registered nurses into the AFT, the largest union of professionals in the AFL-CIO.
The National Federation of Nurses, which represents nurses across the country, will affiliate with the AFT, whose 1.5 million members include more than 48,000 nurses and thousands of other healthcare professionals.
"Both educators and nurses are nurturers. This partnership solidifies the unity between those who nurture body and mind—those who heal our communities with those who educate our children," says AFT president Randi Weingarten. "But nurturers need muscle to advocate on behalf of the students and patients they serve. The affiliation is great news for nurses, their patients and patient care. It is a partnership based on mutual interests, mutual respect, and a mutual desire to provide our members with the tools and conditions they need to advocate for the people they serve."
Barbara Crane, a registered nurse and president of the NFN, says, "A strong voice for nurses is particularly important now in this time of transition when America's healthcare system is being redesigned. Nurses are the most trusted healthcare providers, and this new partnership with the AFT will enable us to continue to be the voice for the patients we serve."
FULL story at link.
Read more: http://www.aft.org/newspubs/news/2013/021413nfn.cfm
Worth reading again: largest union of professionals in the AFL-CIO!
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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:00 AM
Proletariatprincess (718 posts)
3. I have mixed feelings about union mergers.
The idea of big powerful unions taking on the bosses is a powerful one, but as a union rep I saw lots of such mergers and no great result came of them. The members were proud to belong to the bigger union, but there were less engaged than when their unions were more specialized to a craft or industry. We can never forget that the membership IS the union. The members themselves seem to need reminding of that sometimes. Solidarity is what gives a union the power to take on it's enemies....not just numbers. I wish the teachers and the nurses much success and solidarity forever.