Trio of unions set to merge, to be largest nurses union in U.S.

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Database of disciplined nurses still off-limits to nursing homes and hospitals
Database of disciplined nurses still off-limits to nursing homes and hospitals

The long-anticipated merger of three major nurse unions is set for December. The name of the new organization will be National Nurses United.

Leaders of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, United American Nurses, and Massachusetts Nurses Association said Monday that a founding convention for the new, 150,000-member nurses union will be held Dec. 7-8 in Scottsdale, AZ. According to a statement from the groups, the new nurse-led union will be dedicated to passing laws establishing RN-to-patient safe staffing ratios, and will emphasize protecting and expanding patient rights. The union will be the largest nurses' union in American history, according to the groups.

Speaking at the founding convention will be AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Richard Trumka, who is widely expected to take that organization's presidency in the coming months. Before the December committee, each of the three unions will hold a ratifying vote to approve the unification.

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