Raising Women’s Voices

Unions United

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on March 19, 2009

On Wednesday, after a year-long dispute, The Service Employees International Union and The California Nurses Association, two of the fastest-growing unions, have agreed to work together to unionize hospital workers and push for universal health coverage.

With a national effort for health reform and a law to make it easier to unionize workers, both groups feel they can accomplish more by working together.

The Service Employees International Union has 1.8 million members, 80,000 of them nurses, while The California Nurses Association represents 85,000 nurses, a number which is about to jump to 150,000 as they merge with United American Nurses and the Massachusetts Nurses Union, making it the largest nurses union in American history.

As part of their joint agreement, the unions will seek to unionize hospitals around the country, focusing on the largest hospital systems, and call for allowing states to adopt single-payer systems.

For the full New York Times article click here

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