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.


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

Registered nurses in the resident and fellow programs at Ascension Seton Medical Center in Austin, Tex., voted overwhelmingly, with 96 percent in favor, to join NNOC/NNU.
Registered nurses at University Medical Center (UMC) in New Orleans, La., have voted in favor of joining National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United. Despite a disgusting union-busting effort from management, nurses voted 82% yes with over 90% turnout.
Registered nurses at Ascension Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland voted, on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, to join National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United marking the first time in Baltimore history that RNs have unionized a hospital.
Registered nurses at Sutter Davis Hospital in Davis, Calif. voted last night to join California Nurses Association (CNA), an affiliate of National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest and fastest-growing registered nurse (RN) union.

Bargaining victories

Registered nurses at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital in Marina del Rey, Calif., voted in favor of ratifying a new four-year contract on Feb. 16, 2024, winning protections to improve patient safety and nurse retention.
Registered nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital voted overwhelmingly in favor of ratifying a new three-year contract. The contract – which includes protections to improve patient safety and nurse retention – is the first collective bargaining agreement since WCH became a public-sector employer following the 2021 bankruptcy fight.
Registered nurses at Jackson Park Hospital in Chicago, Ill., voted unanimously in favor of ratifying a new three-year contract on Friday, Oct. 13, winning protections to improve patient safety and nurse retention.
Registered nurses at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, Calif., have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new three-year union contract with hospital management, the culmination of a campaign persuading Providence management to invest in patient care improvements at the hospital.