Dear NYSNA Member,
Hundreds of NYSNA members are heading to Albany on Tuesday. And it couldn’t be at a better time: Assembly rep Dick Gottfried just introduced our safe staffing bill in the Assembly last week, and already over half the Assembly — 76 out of 150 members — have signed on!
That’s incredible progress. But our opponents are going to fight back. We will need an ironclad super-majority in both the Assembly and the Senate to pass safe nurse-to-patient ratios.
If you’re joining us this Tuesday, we’re getting started in Albany at 10:00 AM. Here’s a link to all the logistical details — including directions and bus pick-up locations.
And if you haven’t already, now is the time to RSVP for our Safe Staffing Day of Action, May 21.
Our goal is to flood the halls of Albany with 2,000 nurses that day. If we can show our reps that many nurses support safe staffing, we can win more support and keep expanding our majority.
RSVP today to get on the bus to Albany on May 21.
It was maybe the cutest protest ever: babies came from across Red Hook and south Brooklyn for a Stroller March and Toddler Speak-out to keep LICH open for care.
The babies held signs saying “I was born at LICH”, “LICH saved my life”, “Toddlers for LICH”, and “We will not be pacified!”
The toddlers were joined by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Council members Brad Lander and Steve Levin.
Check out pictures and the video of kids singing protest nursery songs at www.Facebook.com/Open4Care. Be sure to “Like” and Share the page, to help us spread the word!
The Joint Commission was at Jacobi last week — and staffing was miraculously better!
But our patients deserve that level of staffing every day. And so that’s why we've been taking our safe staffing message to the public this week.
We leafleted on Pelham Parkway and spoke to the public, our patients, and other caregivers about our safe staffing fight.
Last year we rallied for safe staffing at Jacobi — and won staffing improvements. We can win more improvements again this year if we take action as a group again.
If you work at Jacobi, join us! Text “Jacobi” to 877-877 and we’ll send you text updates.
At the North Country’s Alice Hyde Medical Center, NYSNA nurses pushed back against employer givebacks — and we won!
We beat proposals to shift medicals costs onto us. And we turned the tables on a proposal to reduce our experience steps — we stood together and won two extra steps. That’s not all — we also won wage increases, increased call pay, and improvements in our sick leave buyout at retirement.
The Department of Health has decided to mandate flu masks for caregivers who don’t get vaccinated during flu season.
Our union strongly encourages members to get the vaccine. But we strongly oppose mandating masks — it has been found to be the LEAST effective way of stopping the spread of the flu.
What’s the most effective? Letting caregivers stay home when they’re sick. You can read the position statement we submitted to the Department of Health here.
We’ll keep up the fight for REAL, not punitive, solutions to flu outbreaks.
Anti-union politicians have introduced a new law in Congress. Their goal: to seriously weaken the strength we have as union members.
They call it “Right to Work.” But it really means “Right to Work for Less,” because when unions are weaker, our pay and benefits suffer.
And our patients will suffer, too! Our union is the strongest voice for patient care in New York.
We can stop this bill. But we need to ask our Congress reps to speak out against it — NOW!
Call your member of Congress today and tell them to speak out against Right to Work. CLICK HERE to get your Congress member’s phone number.
Jill Furillo, RN,
NYSNA Executive Director
The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for hundreds of thousands of frontline nurses. We are New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses.