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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Human Service Workers at Persad Center Vote to Join the USW

From the USW

Workers at Persad Center, a human service organization that serves the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS communities of the Pittsburgh area, voted last week to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union.

The unit of 24 workers, ranging from therapists and program coordinators to case managers and administrative staff, announced their union campaign as the Persad Staff Union last month and filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

“We care about our work and the communities we serve,” said Johanna Smith, Persad’s Development, Communications, and Events Associate. “We strongly believe this work and our connections to our clients will only improve now that we will be represented by a union.”

The Persad workers join the growing number of white-collar professionals organizing with the USW, especially in the Pittsburgh region. Their membership is also in line with the recent work the Steelworkers have been doing to engage LGBTQ+ members and improve contract language regarding issues that affect their lives.

“Workplaces are changing and evolving, and the labor movement is changing and evolving along with that,” said USW Vice President Fred Redmond, who oversees the union’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee as well as the USW Health Care Workers Council. “This campaign gives us an opportunity to diversify our great union while uplifting and empowering a group of workers who give their all for others.”

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