Organizing with NNU

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A union gives RNs the legal right to advocate as a collective for contracts that ensure safe working conditions, protect nurses’ rights, and improve wages and benefits so that we can focus on what we do best: caring for our patients. Read more »

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Organizing: How it works

Every day more nurses organize to join the national nurses movement, meaning that we finally can speak with a unified voice. When RNs join together, it gives us protection for our patients and our profession.

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Organizing: Know your rights

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.

National Nurses United is the largest union of RNs in the United States, with a membership of almost 225,000 RNs in all 50 states. From coast to coast, we have won the best contracts for RNs in the nation.

Why RNs vote for NNU

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New standards for RNs and patient protection

NNU contracts have created new standards for RN protection and include patient protection standards that give us the authority to directly improve patient care at our facilities.

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Voice and respect

NNU representation provides RNs with the tools to have a real voice in patient care decisions, which we use to create safer health care facilities to protect our patients, our licenses, and ourselves.

A legally-binding contract

Your first NNU contract negotiations will provide you with an opportunity to work with your nurse colleagues to improve conditions for nurses and enhance protections for patients. With an NNU contract, your employer cannot unilaterally change your working conditions or reduce salaries and benefits.

Better salaries and benefits and a secure retirement

NNU nurses have won collective bargaining agreements that are the model for RNs across the nation and have won landmark improvements in retirement security for tens of thousands of RNs.

Videos

Nurses at Ascension Seton in Austin make history by winning their first union election

Hear from nurses at Ascension Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas, on why they voted by landslide to join National Nurses United.

We can organize anywhere

Hear from nurses in Maine, North Carolina, and North Dakota on how and why they organized their hospitals.

Organize with National Nurses United to improve workplace standards through collective bargaining, reform national health care legislation, and make a difference for you and your patients.

Organizing victories

Nurses sought union affiliation so they can more effectively advocate for improved conditions in the workplace and better economic standards for their colleagues and their families.
Nurses said they formed a union to win improved patient care standards and strong contracts.
Citing a desire for improved staffing and a strengthened voice in patient care protections, registered nurses at Coral Gables Hospital in South Florida voted by 57 percent to join National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida.
Official certification by the federal labor board followed the final count in late March of remaining ballots from a secret ballot election conducted by the NLRB last July.

Bargaining victories

Union nurses at 21 Northern California Kaiser Permanente facilities voted over the past two weeks to ratify the new agreement.
1,000 union nurses at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center voted to ratify new contract with infectious disease protections and workplace violence safety measures.
Registered nurses at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., voted overwhelmingly in favor of ratifying a new three-year contract.
RNs at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center (LAMC) have reached a tentative agreement today, averting a two-day strike that was set to begin on Monday, Nov. 21.