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National Nurses United is Hiring for Multiple Positions

Help Nurses Heal America: organize and represent nurses on the frontlines of healthcare justice

The National Nurses United is now hiring committed staff for ground breaking organizing campaigns and dynamic representational efforts nationwide.  Bring your skills to the leading progressive union that is organizing to make a real difference:

Across the country, we seek experienced organizers and labor representatives, dedicated directors, skilled educators, who want to return to the values that started them working in the labor movement, as well as activists who want to learn to become union organizers.

We are especially seeking experienced organizers for exciting union organizing drives to develop strong nurse leaders and build an effective organization with the power to fight and win improvements both inside the hospitals and outside on Main Street.

Mobilize for member-based power, with a union that rejects corporate partnerships that sell out members, and opposes sweetheart deals with management.

Do the work that you love, with a supportive team of highly competent staff who treat each other with respect and pitch in to build a movement for healthcare justice and a fair Main Street Contract for the American people.

Excellent salary depending on experience. Generous benefits package, family and domestic partner coverage. In your cover letter please indicate your ability to travel, geographic preferences and restrictions. Submit your résumé and cover letter today.

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Watch NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro outline the need for the Robin Hood tax and our vision for a progressive labor movement in an interview with legendary journalist Bill Moyers which aired nationally on PBS:


For far too long, the healthcare industry has ignored the needs of nurses and patients, focusing instead on generating wealth for corporate investors. According to the National Institute of Health, 98,000 patients die annually in US hospitals due to avoidable errors and staff shortages.

When nurses have a voice in health care, we all benefit.  Nurses from the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, United American Nurses, and Massachusetts Nurses Association launched the nation’s largest nurses union  the 185,000-member-strong National Nurses United.

National Nurses United is a premiere organization of registered nurses and one of the nation’s fastest growing labor and professional organizations in the U.S. and a strong, progressive voice for nurses, patients and healthcare workers around the world. We are seeking a like-minded and experienced professional who believes in our mission with a personal dedication to social justice issues.

NNU is committed to Equal Opportunity, and to considering applicants of all ages, races, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, and religions. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and experiences related to our core organizational values and objectives to apply.

“A Different Type of Union”: How National Nurses United is Changing the Face of the Labor Movement

Since its formal inception in 2009, National Nurses United has emerged as one of the lone upstarts in the otherwise-contracting organized labor landscape. Defending nurses in the face of hospital budget cuts, the nurses are also fighting for increased safety for themselves and their patients.

In The Little Union That Could from The Atlantic, journalist Alana Semuels writes, quoting NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro:

“You can’t poison the air because your company won’t give you more money per hour,” she said. “You’ve got to fight for safety standards for the public, and you’ve got to fight in the public’s interest. If unions don’t connect with the public interest, there’s not going to be unions..”

Semuels continues:

It’s a strategy that other unions have tried recently, most notably the AFL-CIO, led by Rich Trumka, which is seeking to represent the rights of all working Americans, not just its members. The fast food strikes of the past year have also sought to draw attention to the larger problems created by the minimum wage, rather than just a union. And the most successful unions these days organize from the bottom up, not the top down, said Julius Getman, author of Restoring the Power of Unions: It Takes a Movement.

“What I see is that the unions are organizing on a much more sophisticated basis,” he said.

But the nurses might be most able to lead a labor resurgence because of the fact that they’re highly-skilled workers, and not easily replaceable. Nurses are less afraid to strike than fast food workers, for instance, because they know their employer won’t have an easy time finding someone to replace them. That’s made it easier for them to speak their minds on things not necessarily related to their union. NNU has spoken out in favor of a financial transaction tax, protested water shut-offs in Detroit, and supported Occupy protesters.

Read the full story at the Atlantic.

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