NYSNA’s Voting Body met Thursday, Oct. 12, at the end of the NYSNA Convention.
The Voting Body approved three amendments to the NYSNA Bylaws:
- The first change creates a Delegate Convention by expanding Congress and merging it with the Voting Body. The change also removes staggered elections for statewide offices and aligns them with delegate elections, shortens certain officer and board member terms, and extends term limits for those affected.
Diane Groneman, the president of the Local Bargaining Unit at Peconic Bay Medical Center, amended this proposal to add the chair or president of each Local Bargaining Unit as an automatic delegate to the convention. This amendment passed.
- The second change eliminates the election of officers for Practice Focus Groups, so that the PFGs will have more time for discussion and work.
- The third change eliminates Constituent District Nurse Associations from NYSNA bylaws. These organizations may now join with NYSNA as organizational affiliates instead.
The full text of the bylaws proposals is available HERE. A new version of NYSNA’s bylaws incorporating the amendments is being prepared.
Finally, the Voting Body awarded Honorary Recognition, NYSNA’s highest honor, to Anne Bové, for her years of dedicated defense of our public health system. More than a dozen local leaders spontaneously spoke to Anne’s dedication, and her Honorary Recognition was granted by acclamation.