Dear NYSNA Members,
Save the date: join us at the NYSNA Convention, October 16 - 18 in New York City.
We’re meeting at a critical time. Patient care is in crisis. Safety net hospitals are struggling. And Wall Street and private equity want to take over.
But there’s good news too: We’re making huge changes in NYSNA to meet the challenge.
We’re coming together at the NYSNA Convention to chart our progress and make our plan to heal New York patient care.
Hundreds of NYSNA leaders, nurses from around the country, and labor experts will share strategies to:
Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and help us meet the challenge? Get out your cell phone and text “NYSNA” to 877-877, and we’ll keep you posted with details about this event.
Tell other nurses about the convention. CLICK HERE to download a “Save the Date” flyer you can post and distribute.
See you there!
At 12:01 AM last night, Teamster EMTs in Western New York went on strike to put patient care before profits. And NYSNA leaders like Dennis Robinson, RN walked the picket lines and made calls to show our solidarity.
Eight hours later, those EMTs have secured a tentative agreement to end the strike.
Warburg Pincus, the Wall Street firm that owns Rural/Metro ambulance services, was forcing EMTs to drive decrepit equipment at poverty wages. Patients were paying the price. We’re proud to stand with these Teamsters in our common fight to heal New York patient care. The Teamster statement thanks NYSNA. Read it HERE.
What will the ACA mean for HHC nurses and our mission to care for all New Yorkers?
That’s what the Harlem Hospital Labor Caucus will discuss tonight at a forum at the hospital — and NYSNA members and staff will be there to help build the discussion, tonight, Tuesday, July 16 at 5:30 PM in MLK Building, 6th floor, Room 6101.
The Labor Caucus is a coalition representing all the unions at Harlem Hospital.
The ACA will still leave many people struggling with access to quality care. That’s why we advocate for safe staffing and single payer healthcare.
We’ll be continuing this conversation at the NYSNA Convention — another good reason to save the date.
The Voting Body at the NYSNA Convention is the highest decision making body in our organization. Every member in good standing has the right to vote on motions about our union’s future and changes to our union’s structure.
In order for the Committee on Bylaws to review proposals to be considered by the 2013 NYSNA Voting Body at the Convention, proposals should be submitted by Friday, August 2, 2013. Proposals for amendments to the NYSNA bylaws can be submitted at any time throughout the year.
Please send proposed amendments and questions about bylaws to Daniel Ray in the Executive Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.785.0157, ext. 107.
Yesterday nearly 100 nurses, 1199SEIU caregivers, and patients joined with elected leaders at SUNY Downstate to protest the SUNY plan to shutter LICH and to tell SUNY to keep our hospital open for care. City Council Members Mathieu Eugene and Letitia James as well as Public Advocate Bill de Blasio came out to show their support.
Today, a busload of LICH RNs and patients are heading to Albany to tell SUNY Board of Trustees we oppose any sustainability plan that doesn’t keep LICH open for care.
We’ve been all over the press, like these articles about yesterday’s action from the Brooklyn Eagle, NY1 and the Labor Press. Our fight for a moratorium on hospital closures was the subject of NY1’s The Call — a must-watch!
TONIGHT: The National Action Network is moving their weekly Interfaith rally to Interfaith itself. Join us at 7:00 PM to protect care for Central Brooklyn patients and to stop harmful hospital cuts and closures, 1545 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn.
Continuum, the corporation that runs St. Luke’s-Roosevelt, used Hurricane Sandy as an excuse to close pediatrics and detox units that serve Harlem patients.
The Harlem community and NYSNA are joining forces to stop the cuts. Join us for a community and caregiver breakfast, Thursday, July 25 at 8:00 AM, Stroko’s Deli, 1090 Amsterdam Ave. (across from St. Luke’s).
Mayor Bloomberg is putting New York patients at risk.
He’s refusing to agree to safe minimum staffing levels in NYC hospitals. Wait times are through the roof in some of our public hospital emergency rooms. Patients are waiting too long before they can be admitted due to overcrowding. The situation is worst in many private hospitals — putting our public hospitals at an unfair disadvantage.
Our HHC nurses never turn our backs on a patient. We evacuated more than 1,000 patients from harm’s way during Sandy. Not one patient died. Not one patient was left behind.
Mayor Bloomberg, and the future Mayor, need to listen to nurses and patients and ensure minimum safe staffing levels in our hospitals.
CLICK HERE to sign the petition to tell this Mayor, and our next one we need safe staffing.
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.