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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Steel for Wind Power

From the USW

From tumbledown bridges to decrepit roads and failing water systems, crumbling infrastructure undermines America’s safety and prosperity. In coming weeks, Union Matters will delve into this neglect and the urgent need for a rebuilding campaign that creates jobs, fuels economic growth and revitalizes communities. 

Siemens Gamesa last month laid off 130 workers at its turbine blade manufacturing plant in Iowa, just months after GE Renewable Energy decided to close an Arkansas factory and eliminate 470 jobs.

The companies reported shrinking demand for their products, even though U.S. consumption of wind energy increases every year.

America’s prosperity depends not only on harnessing this crucial energy source but also ensuring that highly skilled U.S. workers build the components with the cleanest technology available.

Right now, the nation relies on imported steel and turbine components from foreign manufacturers like China while America’s own steel industry—well equipped for this production—struggles because of dumping and other unfair trade practices.

Steel makes up the bulk of turbine hubs and the wind towers themselves. It’s also used to make the cranes and platforms necessary for installing the towers.

Yet the potential boon to America’s steel industry is just one reason to ramp up domestic production of wind energy infrastructure.

American steel production ranks among the cleanest in the world, while China has the highest carbon emissions of any steelmaking nation and flouts environmental regulations.

The nation’s highly-skilled steelmaking workforce must play an essential role in the deeply-needed revitalization and modernization of the nation’s failing infrastructure. Producing the components for harnessing wind energy domestically and cleanly is an important step that will put Americans to work and position the United States to be world leaders in this growing industry.

 

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