Supported National Legislation

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Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act

A union gives workers the ability to act together to advocate for safe working conditions, to improve their wages and benefits, and to protect their workplace rights through collective bargaining and concerted activity. The The Richard L. Trumka Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act is an important step to protect workers’ rights to organize a union and to stop employers’ attacks so that every worker can organize without fear of retaliation.


Nurse Staffing Standards for Hospital Patient Safety and Quality Care Act

There are no federal mandates regulating the number of patients a registered nurse can care for at one time in U.S. hospitals. This legislation would protect patients and improve health care by setting mandated, minimum, registered nurse-to-patient staffing ratios.

Nurses outside Capitol hold signs "Workplace Violence Puts Everyone at Risk"

Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act

Violence against nurses and other health care workers is a growing epidemic across the United States. This legislation would mandate OSHA to promulgate a standard that would require all covered employers to develop and implement prevention plans to reduce workplace violence incidents.

Large group of nurses hold signs for Medicare for All

Medicare for All Act

Medicare for All would expand the cost-effective and administratively efficient Medicare program to finance comprehensive, high-quality health care for everybody in the United States. Most importantly, a Medicare for All single-payer system would provide health care based on patient need, not on profit.

Nurses outside hold signs "Strong Union, Nurses, Veterans"

VA Employee Fairness Act

Nurses are integral to the frontline of the VA health care system and have a duty and right to advocate for their patients. S. 771 and H.R. 1948 would improve patient care in VA hospitals by expanding the collective-bargaining rights of registered nurses and other clinicians employed by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

Nurse hold signs "Invest in Communities"

Tax on Wall Street Speculation Act

S. 1283 and H.R. 2735 would create a small speculation tax on Wall Street financial transactions to stabilize the market and generate an estimated $220 billion in revenue per year to support important social programs.

Prescription Drug Price Relief Act

S. 909 and H.R. 2148 offer a common-sense, market-based solution to the drug price crisis in the United States by bringing drug prices in line with those in other industrialized countries and allowing for generic competition for excessively priced prescription drugs.

Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act

This legislation would drastically lower drug prices under Medicare by allowing Medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies and use competition to attain more reasonable prices.

Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act

S. 920 and H.R. 2181 would permit the United States to import prescription medicines from other countries that meet our standards — a common-sense method for lowering prices.

Press releases

Nurses across the country applaud the reintroduction of Medicare for All legislation in Congress by Sen. Bernie Sanders in the U.S. Senate and Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Rep. Debbie Dingell in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The FAMILY Act would establish the first national paid family and medical leave program in the country, ensuring that every worker has access to paid leave for every serious medical event, each time it is needed.
Hundreds of bedside nurses from across the country began online lobbying visits in Washington, D.C. today with their federal members of Congress and senators, urging their legislators to confront the staffing crisis in hospitals across the country.
National Nurses United is pleased to announce that more than 202 members of congress have co-sponsored the VA Employee Fairness Act of 2021 introduced by Rep. Mark Takano.

Recent videos

NNU Executive Director Bonnie Castillo, RN, testifies before U.S. Senate for Medicare for All

Bonnie Castillo calls on U.S. Senate to pass safe staffing nurse-to-patient ratios

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