An affiliate of the AFL-CIO, it was founded in 1916 and today represents 1.6 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide.
Five divisions within the AFT represent the broad spectrum of the AFT’s membership: pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; and nurses and other healthcare professionals. In addition, the AFT represents approximately 80,000 early childhood educators and nearly 250,000 retiree members.
The 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; Mary Catherine Ricker, Executive Vice President; and a 43-member executive council.
While migration of health workers is an inevitable and potentially mutually beneficial part of globalization, concerns have been raised around the world about the active recruitment of foreign-educated nurses. These concerns include the impact of this activity on source countries’ health systems, the labor rights of nurses being recruited and the adequacy of clinical and cultural orientation programs once they arrive in the United States.
The new, nonprofit Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices (Alliance) aims to address these issues and ensure that recruitment practices of foreign-educated nurses to the United States are ethical, responsible, and transparent. The Alliance is governed by a multi-stakeholder board that includes six sectors: unions, professional associations, foreign nurse associations, employers, recruiters, and licensure and regulatory bodies. It was created to promote and monitor compliance of the Voluntary Code of Conduct for the Ethical Recruitment of Foreign-Educated Nurses to the United States (Code).
Drafted by a task force in 2009, the Code has already been endorsed by almost 100 national and international health care groups.
Download a PDF of the the Code.
Nurses Service Organization (NSO) is the number one provider of individual professional liability insurance for nursing professionals throughout the country, with over 650,000 healthcare professionals insured. NSO has protected nurses for over 30 years. NSO's coverage provides the protection nurses need when faced with a medical malpractice suit. In addition, NSO's library of risk management resources offer our nurses valuable information and recommendations to both avoid a malpractice claim and the steps to take when named in one.