NEW YORK NURSE: March/April 2012
NYSNA is changing.
Working nurses are uniting to stand up to givebacks, defend our benefits, and take on understaffing. Are you ready to do your part?
On May 17, join thousands of NYSNA members to vote on changes to make us stronger and more united.
Under the old structure, members didn’t always get the support they needed when management wanted givebacks. Now we are unleashing the resources of our union to help members win better contracts. And it’s working—just ask members at Flushing and dozens of other hospitals.
Management and the anti-union politicians are coming after our healthcare and pensions. We’re pushing back to keep cost-shifting to the absolute minimum and to defend decent healthcare and a dignified retirement for every nurse.
Management has been short staffing and putting patients at risk for too long. We’re putting a new focus on holding management accountable for safe staffing levels.
The old NYSNA rules allowed “hire and fire” supervisors to serve on the Board of Directors—but that meant our elected leaders were unable to discuss and act on union matters. Union decisions were delegated to the hired CEO. Under the new rules, you will elect an expanded board who will be able to discuss and decide on union business as well as general professional issues—setting the direction for a powerful, member-driven NYSNA.
No one understands the problems we’re up against better than the nurses who are on the front lines of healthcare. That’s why we’re overhauling NYSNA’s structure to put working nurses in control of our organization.