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California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee
California Nurses Association logo
Founded 1903
Members 80,000[1]
Country United States
Affiliation AFL-CIO, Maine State Nurses Association
Key people Executive director, Rose Ann DeMoro;
Presidents: Deborah Burger, RN; Zenei Cortez, RN; Geri Jenkins, RN; and Malinda Markowitz, RN
Office location Oakland, California

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC), is a labor union and professional association of registered nurses in the United States. CNA/NNOC has a four-member Council of Presidents, currently including Deborah Burger, RN; Zenei Cortez, RN; Geri Jenkins, RN; and Malinda Markowitz, RN. The executive director of the CNA/NNOC is long-time labor leader Rose Ann DeMoro.


Policies and activities


Patient Safety

The California Nurses Association is well known for its long history of advocacy for direct care registered nurses and patient care protections.

Under DeMoro's leadership, CNA gained attention for its sponsorship of landmark legislative and regulatory reforms, including the nation's first mandated registered nurse-to-patient ratios in California which were sponsored by CNA. The ratio law, which requires hospitals to maintain a minimum number of nurses in all hospital units at all times to assure patient safety, was signed in 1999 by then-California Gov. Gray Davis. The ratios were implemented in 2004.

National Healthcare Reform

CNA/NNOC has drawn national attention for campaigns on behalf of patients denied medical treatment recommended by their physician.

The CNA/NNOC is a primary national organizational advocate of the United States National Health Care Act (HR 676). The bill would establish a single-payer national public health care insurance plan, essentially an improved equal treatment Medicare for all Americans.

On June 19, 2008, CNA/NNOC joined with other health care, labor, and community activists, and patients in sponsoring a day of protest against the insurance industry in 19 cities across the U.S. calling for enactment of HR 676.

Public profile

A California Field Poll in April, 2008 found that CNA has the highest favorable rating among all groups, politicians, and institutions involved in public policy debates over healthcare reform in the state.[2]

On May 9, 2008, the Public Broadcasting Service television show with Bill Moyers featured a segment on CNA/NNOC describing a campaign conducted by the organization saying all Americans should be entitled to the same level of care available to Vice President Dick Cheney and other members of Congress. The program may be viewed at or


The California Nurses Association was formed in 1903 as the California State Nurses Association.

In 2004, CNA founded the National Nurses Organizing Committee in response to the requests of direct care RNs across the nation for a stronger voice to improve RN and patient care standards. The CNA website [May 10, 2008] claims the group is the fastest-growing union in the United States, adding that 80,000 RNs are currently members of CNA/NNOC.

In April 2008, the CNA/NNOC clashed with SEIU over an agreement between SEIU and Catholic Healthcare Partners of Ohio. CNA/NNOC labeled the election a "sham." SEIU and Catholic Healthcare Partners cancelled the election for 8,000 workers in 9 Ohio hospitals on whether to have SEIU representation. NNOC contends that the agreement fits SEIU's pattern of forging controversial agreements with employers that sacrifice public protections and workplace standards in exchange for more members.[3] The conflict continued until March, 2009, when CNA/NNOC and SEIU announced that the unions would cooperate to organize hospital employees, with nurses joining the nurses union and other hospital staff joining the SEIU. [4]

On February 18, 2009, CNA/NNOC announced that it is joining with two other nurses unions, the Massachusetts Nurses Association and the United American Nurses, to create a 150,000-member union. The organization will be called the United American Nurses-National Nurses Organizing Committee and will be affiliated with the AFL-CIO. Deborah Burger, co-president of CNA/NNOC said that the new group is intended to give registered nurses a national voice and more organizing strength.[5]

See also


  1. ^ About Us Index Page
  2. ^ California Field Poll, Release #2267, Release Date: Monday, April 28, 2008 By Mark DiCamillo and Mervin Field
  3. ^ Labor's Growing Pains
  4. ^ "S.E.I.U. and Nurses Union End Bitter Rivalry". 2009-03-19. Retrieved 2009-03-19.  
  5. ^ "Nurses unions to combine". 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2009-02-19.  

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