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Two medical unions merge
Sacramento Bee

Two health care unions are joining forces in a move that could threaten a powerful rival’s dominance and fuel a new round of labor tensions.

The 85,000-member California Nurses Association is forging an alliance with the 10,000-member National Union of Healthcare Workers to form a new union made up entirely of health sector workers.

The alliance, announced Thursday, renews a bitter rivalry between the nurses union and the powerful 2 million-member Service Employees International Union, the nation’s dominant health care union and a major force in Democratic politics.

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