FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 22nd 2008
Suzanne Martin, 240-821-1825
UAN Welcomes Frederickson as Executive Director
Silver Spring, MD – Executive Council members of the United American Nurses, AFL-CIO, announced today the appointment of Walter Frederickson, RN, to the position of executive director of the UAN.
“We are very fortunate to have gained someone not only with Walt’s organizational experience and knowledge of UAN’s history, but also his strong labor and nursing background,” said UAN President Ann Converso, RN. “I believe he will be a tremendous asset as we look to grow our union and improve conditions for nurses and their patients.”
An RN for more than 30 years, Frederickson comes to the UAN from the Minnesota Nurses Association, UAN’s largest affiliate with 20,000 members. He previously was a member of UAN’s Continuing Advisory Committee to the Executive Council and served as a UAN director-at-large on the UAN Executive Council from 1999-2001.
In his twelve years with MNA, Frederickson held many positions, from organizer to director of labor relations to executive director. He currently serves on the Minnesota State AFL-CIO Board of Directors, as a trustee of the Minneapolis Central Labor Union Council, AFL-CIO, and as a trustee on the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.
“Walt has dedicated his professional life to working with union nurses and shares our vision for organizing staff nurses around the country who don’t yet enjoy the benefits of union membership,” added Converso. “We have seen the good work he has done to strengthen MNA/UAN members in Minnesota, and I look forward to working with him to build on that success at the national level.”
The United American Nurses, AFL-CIO, is the only national nurses union by and for RNs, representing thousands of registered nurses and including state nurses association or collective bargaining program affiliates from coast to coast.