The Oakland-based California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee today won a seat on the executive council of the nation’s largest labor federation, the AFL-CIO; CNA/NNOC Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro was named a national Vice President of the federation.
Also today in Chicago, the AFL-CIO Executive Council endorsed plans for a major national healthcare reform campaign aimed at influencing the 2008 election and the next Congress. DeMoro — also named to the federation’s Health Care Reform Committee — said she was “pleased and honored” to join the Executive Council and is “excited to join with other AFL-CIO unions in working to transform our healthcare system, bring representation to more healthcare workers across the nation, strengthen political power for working people, and create a more equitable economy for all Americans.”
The new healthcare campaign will be a top priority for CNA/NNOC, said DeMoro, noting that “it expands the opportunity to make healthcare the top economic issue in the upcoming election.” CNA/NNOC, DeMoro said, will work to “encourage the Presidential and Congressional candidates to embrace genuine, comprehensive reform. CNA/NNOC’s emphasis will be on achieving a single-payer style, guaranteed healthcare system, in the form of an improved Medicare for all that gets the care-denying insurance companies out of the way.”
This a tall, broad new soapbox for an organization which already has been a leader in shaping the debate on health care in California and beyond. CNA/NNOC represents 75,000 RNs in all 50 states.