ONA is proud to be affiliated with the American Nurses Association (ANA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the AFL-CIO, and the National Federation of Nurses (NFN).
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is a full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 2.9 million registered nurses through its constituent member nurses associations, its organizational affiliates, and its workforce advocacy affiliate, the Center for American Nurses. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.
The 1.5 million-member AFT is the largest union of professionals in the AFL-CIO. It has more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide.
The union’s membership includes teachers and school employees, college and university professors, public employees, and more than 48,000 registered nurses who work in hospitals, health centers, clinics, institutions of higher learning and public schools. AFT also represents approximately 80,000 early childhood educators and nearly 250,000 retiree members.
AFT is governed by its elected officers and by delegates to the union’s biennial convention, which sets union policy. Elected leaders are Randi Weingarten, president; Lorretta Johnson, secretary-treasurer; Francine Lawrence, executive vice president; and a 43-member executive council.
AFT Healthcare—formerly known as the Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals—was created in 1978 when the AFT’s constitution was amended to allow organizing and affiliation of healthcare workers. The division includes health professionals, including 82,000 registered nurses who work in hospitals, health centers, clinics, institutions of higher learning and public schools.
The Oregon Nurses Association is AFT Local 5905.
AFL-CIO is the umbrella federation for U.S. unions, with 57 unions representing more than 12 million working men and women. They work to ensure that all people who work receive the rewards of their work—decent paychecks and benefits, safe jobs, respect and fair treatment. They work to make the voices of working people heard in the White House, on Capitol Hill, in state capitals across the country and in corporate boardrooms. They provide an independent voice for working families and ways for working people to be actively engaged in politics and legislation. They hold corporations accountable for their treatment of employees and ensure the voice of working people is heard in the financial system. They also work with federations of unions in other countries toward global social and economic fairness.
The National Federation of Nurses (NFN) is a new, innovative national labor organization for registered nurses consisting of state nurses associations of Montana, Ohio, Oregon and Washington to have a national union of nurses representing nurses founded on the principles of democracy, inclusiveness, transparency and equity. The NFN is a national federation of nursing labor organizations (NLOs) that represent registered nurses for collective bargaining. The purposes of the NFN are to strengthen and assist member NLOs, and to establish and implement an effective national labor agenda that supports and advances the economic and general welfare, workplace conditions and practice of registered nurses through collective bargaining and shared decision-making.
Any state nurses association with a collective bargaining program or an independent RN labor union may join the NFN. Additionally, the constitution allows for organizational affiliates which are state associations or labor organizations who represent nurses for collective bargaining or whose members receive collective bargaining through shared services agreement with an NLO.
What makes the NFN unique is that it is directed by the member organizations. Membership in the NFN is voluntary and NLOs are not subject to trusteeship. The NFN preserves the autonomy and authority of each member organization which knows its members best and which is responsible for the provision of services to its members. The NFN will provide support, education and assistance to member organizations.