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Your Right to Organize

You have a legal right to organize under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), a federal labor law. In the case of many public hospitals, state law that is similar to the NLRA governs the process.

You have the right to:

  • Sign a CNA/NNU card and attend meetings to discuss CNA/NNU.
  • Talk to other nurses about CNA/NNU during work time just as you are allowed to discuss other personal matters such as soccer games or your children.
  • Hand out written materials on non-work time (breaks, etc.) in non-work areas such as the cafeteria, locker rooms, and nurses’ lounge.
  • Post CNA/NNU materials on general purpose bulletin boards, distribute in mailboxes, etc.

It is illegal for your employer to require you to discuss your feelings about CNA/NNU or to discipline you in any way for exercising your rights to join or support CNA/NNU.

About anti-union employer campaigns

Most hospitals hire professional consultants to try and stop nurses from organizing. Hospitals typically pay consultants $2,000 – $4,000 per RN. ­­Despite these consultants, RNs have won 90 percent of their CNA/NNU elections.

When nurses are united in their desire to organize they have had great success in defeating these campaigns. For more information on anti-union campaigns, see the CNA/NNU publication, Pocket Notes: Navigating through an Anti-Union Campaign.

CNA/NNU has grown by more than 400 percent over the last 15 years

Since 2001 alone, more than 35,000 new RN members, from 98 hospitals, have joined.

Click here to read more about RNs and facilities who have voted to join NNU recently.