Massachusetts nurses are debating a plan to join National Nurses United, a new alliance that will be the largest nurses union in the United States.
The Massachusetts Nurses Association approved the plan earlier this month, voting to join the California Nurses Association and United American Nurses in creating a “super union.” The new organization, which has scheduled a December founding convention in Phoenix, would represent 150,000 nurses and work to promote mandated staffing levels, universal healthcare and whistleblower protection.
But not all Massachusetts nurses are on board with the new plan. Some nurses, including employees of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, worry about a loss of autonomy and a weakened position within the state. They’re also against the proposed dues increase.
Anti-“super union” nurses hope to reverse the earlier approval with a mail-in vote regarding the dues increase. Results should be available by November 10.