NEW YORK NURSE: November 2009
Voting Body actions
Bylaws amendments adopted by the Voting Body, Oct. 10, 2009
Establishment of new ARTICLE X – Congress of Bargaining Unit Leaders
SECTION 1. DEFINITION
The Congress of Bargaining Unit Leaders (The Congress) is an organizational unit comprised of at least one representative and not more than two representatives from each of the association’s local bargaining units. Each local bargaining unit has one vote in the Congress. The Congress is the broadest democratic unit representing the collective bargaining interests of the association members within the Economic and General Welfare Program.
SECTION 2. PURPOSES
The purposes of the Congress of Bargaining Unit Leaders are to:
- Advance the mission of the association as it relates to the Economic and General Welfare Program through the focused work of its local bargaining units.
- Identify and discuss the concerns of the local bargaining units and make recommendations to the chief executive officer and E&GW program director on how to address these concerns.
- Identify opportunities for providing mutual assistance to the local bargaining units to the CEO and program director.
- Participate in providing mutual assistance to the local bargaining units.
- Collaborate with the members of the local bargaining units, members of the Delegate Assembly, the CEO, and the program director in strengthening the association’s collective bargaining program.
SECTION 3. ACCOUNTABILITY
The Congress of Bargaining Unit Leaders shall operate under its own rules which shall be in conformity with the bylaws and policies of the association.
Renumber all subsequent articles accordingly.
Article XVIII – Organizational Membership in ANA (now ARticle XIX)
Amend Article XVIII – Organizational Membership in American Nurses Association by striking Section 3 c) and the proviso.
The language to be deleted is as follows:
c) No delegate shall serve more than four consecutive terms nor a total of more than eight consecutive years.
Proviso: This limit on eligibility to serve as a delegate shall commence with the election of delegates in 2001; delegates may be elected to serve four consecutive terms from that point forward irrespective of previous tenure as delegates.
Article XXI – Amendments, Section 1 (now Article XXiX)
Amend Article XXI Amendments, Section 1, second paragraph, by striking out “thirty” and inserting “seventy-five” so that the sentence would read: “All proposed amendments shall be in the possession of the secretary of this association at least seventy-five days before the date of the annual membership meeting or special meeting, as the case may be, and shall be appended to the call for such meeting.”
Main Motions approved by the 2009 Voting Body
- The dues rate for retired members shall be set at $100.00 per year.
- The NYSNA board of directors, Committee on Finance, Membership Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee shall investigate the possibility of offering a half-price dues payment for new RN graduates during their first year of practice.
- The NYSNA board of directors shall be requested to investigate an injunction against the mandate recently imposed by the New York State Department of Health requiring health care workers to receive the seasonal influenza vaccine and the H1N1 vaccine by November 30, 2009.
- NYSNA shall develop and establish a database/clearinghouse of information from facilities to inform staff and members about the implementation of the state requirement that all healthcare personnel receive the flu vaccine – e.g., discipline, stickers on badges, reports of bad outcomes from members.
- NYSNA shall be present at the October 14, 2009 legal proceedings regarding the flu/H1N1 vaccine mandate.
- NYSNA shall support and prepare a strategy to maintain Continuing Day Treatment Programs (CDTPs) as a viable treatment option for the severely psychiatric mentally ill (SPMI) population.