NEW YORK NURSE: July/August 2010
New NYSNA membership dues took effect July 1. The new rates reflect the salary gains won by RNs in NYSNA contracts over the past year.
Dues rates are based on the average base salary for NYSNA local bargaining unit (LBU) members in various regions of the state. Dues are lower for members who are not represented by NYSNA for collective bargaining, and discounts are applied for members in other special circumstances.
Direct membership is available for registered nurses who wish to belong only to NYSNA. These members pay a flat rate of $300 per year, which does not include membership in the American Nurses Association. This option is not available to members who are represented by NYSNA for collective bargaining.
Nursing students, LPNs, and nonmember RNs now can have limited access to NYSNA services by becoming Student Affiliates or Individual Affiliates. Student affiliates pay $15 per year to receive a subscription to New York Nurse, a reduced rate to attend Convention, and library assistance.
For just $52 per year, or $1 a week, Individual Affiliates will receive benefits such as subscriptions to both printed and online publications, one hour of consultation with nursing practice experts (members have unlimited access to consultation), and lower rates to attend Convention and selected workshops.
Affiliates are not members of NYSNA, and will not be eligible for member benefits, access to the Members Only area of the website, or candidacy for leadership positions in NYSNA or ANA. Members of NYSNA bargaining units cannot become Individual Affiliates. For more information visit nysna.org.
NYSNA dues are computed according to a formula approved by the 2001 Voting Body. The formula uses a Regional Base Salary (RBS) to determine the dues for members in six different regions in New York state and one in New Jersey.
The RBS is the average of the starting salary paid to staff nurses at all the NYSNA-represented facilities in each region as of Jan. 1, 2010. A calculation of 1.6 percent of this average determines the dues rate for members in that region who are represented for collective bargaining and work full time; and 1.2 percent for members who are represented for collective bargaining and work less than full time, or for members who are not represented for collective bargaining by NYSNA.
Dues are not a percentage of each member’s individual salary.
Effective January 1, 2011, American Nurses Association (ANA) dues will increase $4; in accordance with Voting Body action all NYSNA dues rates will increase $4 effective Jan. 1, 2011.