Nurses mess with Texas

Some Sacramento nurses have been going to Texas to do more than see the sights. As members of the California Nurses Association, they have been organizing nurses in the Lone Star state into a new union, the National Nurses Organizing Committee.

The NNOC, which the CNA founded in 2004, now has new members in cities such as Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, Brownsville, Corpus Christi and Beaumont, said Ed Bruno, national organizing coordinator for the NNOC.

And this March, the CNA/NNOC joined the AFL-CIO. The labor federation backs a single-payer health-care program for all Americans. “NNOC is actively organizing in a number of states, with membership in all 50 states,” said Bruno. “Texas is not the only rodeo.”