Historic VOTE in CHICAGO

Idelson, Charles
May 2005
Revolution: The Journal for RNs & Patient Advocacy;May/Jun2005, Vol. 6 Issue 3, p4
The article presents information on the rise of the National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) in Chicago. With the ballot count nearing its end in Chicago's downtown John R. Thompson Center, rows of Cook County nurses rose as one, clutched hands and held their breath. The final vote count was 955 for the NNOC, 487 for the INA, and 7 for no union. With their landslide 2-1 vote in mid-May, buttressed by an 83 percent voter turnout, the 1,800 Cook County Bureau of Health Service RNs established their own legend in a town laden with U.S. labor history, becoming the first national bargaining unit of the NNOC, a new national movement of direct care RNs.


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