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CNA REAFFIRMED AS NURSES' COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGENT; RULING A VICTORY FOR STAFF NURSES IN CALIFORNIA

 SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Registered nurses in California today won a major victory with a court ruling that the California Nurses Association (CNA) is their exclusive bargaining representative.
 In a written ruling, federal Magistrate Claudia Wilken rejected an assertion by the CNA's Economic and General Welfare (E&GW) Congress that it, as a separate entity, should be recognized as the nurse's bargaining agent. The magistrate ordered the Congress to join with CNA to notify employers that CNA is the legal bargaining representative and that dues payments as required by collective bargaining contracts must be forwarded to CNA.
 "The court has reaffirmed that the California Nurses Association is the legal collective bargaining representative of our members," said CNA President Mary Foley. "This critical issue has been resolved, and staff nurses are the winners."
 The Executive Committee of the Congress filed suit against CNA on Jan. 5, 1993. The E&GW Congress is the structural unit withing CNA charged with overseeing the association's collective bargaining activities. In early January, several members of the Congress wrote to hospital management declaring the Congress, and not CNA, to be the bargaining representative for nurses. The Congress attempted to divert dues money from CNA by asking hospitals to forward dues payments to the Congress or to place the money in an escrow account.
 Magistrate Wilken reaffirmed the role of the Congress in developing policy for the association's collective bargaining program. "We have never disputed the Congress' right to develop policy as outlined in CNA Bylaws," said Foley.
 The California Nurses Association, with 26,000 members, is the state's largest professional association and labor organization for registered nurses.
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