CMC RNs hold Informational Picket
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Community Medical Center nurses demanding that management stop the union busting and give them an opportunity to vote, during informational picketing Dec. 11. More than 20 CMC nurses took part in the protest, joined by representatives from the Health Professionals and Allied Employees, the National Association of Letter Carriers, the Ocean County Democratic Committee, NYSNA’s organizing team, and New Jersey Delegate Assembly representative Jacqueline Callahan.
NYSNA received several reports from RNs on the line that supervisors were preventing their colleagues from leaving their units – either prohibiting them from taking their breaks during picket hours or lying to them that they could be fired if they took part.
Nonetheless, marchers carried placards saying “Respect nurses’ right to vote!” and “Stop union busting at CMC!” They waved stuffed “Grinch” dolls toward the executive offices, and sang picketing chants to the tune of Christmas carols.
With more than 34,000 members, NYSNA is the oldest and largest state nurses’ association in the nation. It is an influential union for RNs, representing nurses in New York and New Jersey. Offering a wide range of services to its members, NYSNA fosters high standards of nursing education and practice and works to advance the profession through legislative activity. It is a constituent of the American Nurses Association and of the United American Nurses, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.