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Wall Street Journal on affiliation between NUHW and the California Nurses Association 1-3-13

Wall Street Journal on affiliation between NUHW and the California Nurses Association 1-3-13

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Article on affiliation between NUHW and the CNA by Kris Maher on 1-3-13
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Wall Street Journal
January 3, 2013, 8:07 p.m. ET
Health-Care Unions Will Join Forces
The nation's largest nurses union said Thursday it would team up with a union representing otherhealth-care workers, seeking to make the combined entity the dominant labor group in the fast-growing health-care sector.The groups' decision to join forces intensifies their rivalry with the powerful Service EmployeesInternational Union.The California Nurses Association and the National Union of Healthcare Workers said theaffiliation was aimed at preventing hospital chains from scaling back benefits for employees andfighting for workplace standards needed to improve patient care.
San Jose Mercury News / Associated Press
 Nurses protest staff cuts during a strike Dec. 24 in San Jose, Calif., part of demonstrations at ninehospitals.
 
But the combined unions are also expected to aggressively campaign against the SEIU inorganizing union drives, including one of the biggest of the year at health-care giant KaiserPermanente, with 43,000 workers at stake. The workers, represented by the SEIU, will vote onwhether to remain with that union or join the strengthened NUHW."Our members are all there for them," said Deborah Burger, co-president of the nurses union.Under the agreement, the health-care workers union will largely keep its autonomy, but itsmembers will pay dues to the nurses union.The California Nurses Association, which represents 85,000 nurses in the state, also belongs toNational Nurses United, an umbrella group with 100,000 additional members in states includingMassachusetts, Michigan, Florida and Texas.Both the NUHW and the SEIU represent health-care workers including nurses' aides, laboratorytechnicians, office staff and support staff such as food-service workers. The SEIU also includessome nurses
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about 85,000 of its two million members.Ms. Burger said the nurses union chose to work with the NUHW, which represents 10,000health-care workers, and challenge the SEIU for members, saying the SEIU has been drivingdown benefits at hospital chains by agreeing to concessions, doing "everything but climb intobed with the employers" to create "a faux union."

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