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Massachusetts nurses may join national union

Boston Globe, October 29, 2009

Unionized nurses in Massachusetts are moving toward affiliating with their counterparts in California and more than 20 other states to create the largest nurses union in U.S. history. The move could give the state's nurses more bargaining power with hospitals and aid organizing efforts at nonunion healthcare providers such as Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. But it is being opposed by some nurses at Brigham and Women's Hospital and elsewhere who do not want to pay the added dues needed to finance the organization, the Boston Globe reports.