America Trusts Nurses

From the AFL-CIO

It’s official: Americans trust union members. For the 17th consecutive year, nurses took home the top honor as the nation’s most trusted profession.

The annual Gallup pollsurveying public opinion on the honesty and ethical standards of various occupations found that 84%—or more than 4 out of 5 Americans—view nurses’ ethics as “high” or “very high.”

Despite growing nationwide efforts to minimize their ability to organize, thousands of nurses voted in the past few years to become union members, including:

  • 1,000 registered nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, Arizona, voted to join National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU).
  • 900 registered nurses at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon, voted to join the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA)/AFT Local 5905.
  • 650 registered nurses at Methodist Hospital of Southern California voted to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) in November—the largest number of nonunion nurses in Southern California to join a union in at least five years.
  • And nearly 600 nurses and medical workers at Tahoe Forest Hospital in Northern California voted to join AFSCME Council 57.

 “Nurses are often seen as angels, but members of this women-dominated profession are more like warrior-guardians. We do a comprehensive, science-based assessment of our patients, while also developing a sacred bond of trust, at their most vulnerable moments.”


Bonnie Castillo, executive director, NNU, in Teen Vogue, Jan. 18, 2019, “Nurses Are Calling Out for Job Protections and Marching in the Women’s March”

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Union Matters

A Just, Inclusive and Sustainable Economy

From the AFL-CIO

This week, labor leaders from across the country descended on New Orleans to map out the path ahead for our movement. From trade and public education to equal pay and paid leave to back pay for federal contract workers and bargaining power for all, the AFL-CIO Executive Council tackled the issues that will define working people’s fight for economic justice in 2019 and beyond.

Sending waves through Washington yesterday, the Executive Council’s most notable decision was its announcement that, “if the administration insists on a premature vote on the new NAFTA in its current form, we will have no choice but to oppose it.” Here are a few highlights from the statement:

  • Trade policy must be judged by whether it leads to a just, inclusive and sustainable economy....By that measure, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which has driven the outsourcing of so many good jobs, has been a catastrophic failure. More than 850,000 U.S. jobs were shipped overseas under NAFTA between 1993 and 2013.
  • By design, NAFTA distorted power relationships in favor of global employers over workers, weakened worker bargaining power and encouraged the de-industrialization of the U.S. economy.
  • After a quarter-century of this race to the bottom, workers in all three NAFTA countries find it more difficult to form unions and negotiate collective bargaining agreements.
  • The NAFTA renegotiation requires strong labor rights provisions and strong enforcement provisions that as of today are not yet in the agreement.
  • The current effort by the business community to pass the new NAFTA is premature, and if it continues, we will be forced to mobilize to defeat it, just as we mobilized to kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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New NAFTA Must Create an Economy for All

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