NEW YORK NURSE: August 2012
By Julie Pinkham, RN, Interim Executive Director
On May 17, thousands of nurses voted for a fundamental change in the role of our elected leaders.
Now, members may vote for a Board of Directors that has the power to set union policy.
The new board is also bigger, with 21 members and guaranteed seats for each region of the state.
That means, for the first time ever, the power is in your hands to set the direction for NYSNA and your union – but only if you vote.
We have hired an independent, third-party company to run this election to ensure a fair vote.
Your vote is totally secret.
They will mail a ballot to every NYSNA member on August 13.
If you do not receive a ballot by Friday, August 17, call 800.864.1263 to get a replacement ballot sent to your home.
And check with your co-workers, to make sure they receive a ballot, too.
Your ballot must be received by Thursday, Sept. 13 at 5 pm. Ballots will be counted on Friday, Sept. 14.
The candidates are featured in this special election issue of the New York Nurse.
Read their statements and find out where they stand on the issues that matter to you – and then Vote!
The sad fact is that some NYSNA members won’t vote in this election – don’t be one of them.
It’s not because they don’t care, it’s because we all have so much to do, and it’s so easy to say, “I’ll take care of it later.”
So when you get your ballot in the mail, don’t add it to the stack of bills. Open up the envelope, fill out the ballot, and send it in right away.
The return envelope is postage-paid, so you don’t even need a stamp.
Your vote is your voice. Use it!