NEW YORK NURSE: February 2008
by Mark Genovese
During a two-day session on Jan. 14-15, members of the NYSNA Delegate Assembly (DA) elected officers to its executive committee.
Rod Roca, a Zone 1 delegate from Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg, was elected vice president. José Planillo, a Zone 9 delegate from New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, was elected secretary. Both will start their two-year terms prior to the DA’s next meeting in April.
Dianne Gray, an LBU member from Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, attended her first meeting as the delegate from Zone 2. Robin Brennan, Cortland County Health Department, took office as the new delegate from Zone 3. Vacancies in Zones 6 and 9 will be filled after examination of last year’s election results.
Susan Casadone from St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers assumed the office of president of the NYSNA Congress of Bargaining Unit Leaders after the resignation of Pat Coll.
“Zoning in,” a new feature at DA meetings, gives delegates an opportunity to discuss issues affecting their local areas and bargaining units. At this meeting, participants discussed management efforts to reduce or eliminate pension plans, block NYSNA representatives from meeting with members, introduce performance pay into contract negotiations, and misuse electronic attendance systems to discipline nurses or deny overtime pay. Other challenges include looming hospital bankruptcies and plans to restructure units and services. Delegates also discussed ways to encourage members to turn in protest of assignment forms.
Lorraine Seidel, director of the Economic & General Welfare (EGW) program, reviewed program activities of the past year. Among the highlights:
Delegates discussed the options surrounding continuing relations with the AFL-CIO and the American Nurses Association after NYSNA’s recent disaffiliation from the United American Nurses. They also reviewed the national labor climate and ongoing work with area labor federations and central labor councils.