NEW YORK NURSE: October 2012
NYSNA leaders and staff celebrated on Sept. 12 as the union held a ceremonial “ribbon-cutting” at NYSNA’s new office on West 33rd Street in Manhattan.
“This new office will be a place where nurses from all over the metropolitan area can come together and do the important work of shaping the future of NYSNA, of nursing and of health care in this state,” said Nancy Kaleda, NYSNA’s Deputy Director.
When the office opens in early 2013, it will include a communications center, a phone banking center, meeting space for nurses and the union’s new strategic research operation.
“The office will be the center of our statewide campaign to pass safe staffing legislation, which is the key issue for nurses in every hospital in the state,” Kaleda said.
The ribbon-cutting was led by NYSNA’s president-elect Pat Dilillo and Executive Director Julie Pinkham, surrounded by many nurse leaders and staff.
The new office is part of a new, more militant direction for NYSNA.
In May, thousands of nurses voted for new union rules increasing member control over their organization and hundreds of members attended a July staffing summit to strategize about the staffing crisis in New York’s hospitals.