NEW YORK NURSE: October 2012
Nurses voted in record numbers for new officers – and a new direction for our union.
Thanks to the democratic reforms nurses made earlier this year, the new NYSNA officers will have more authority than ever before to set the direction of their union.
This election had the highest member-voter turnout in a decade of NYSNA elections.
Front line nurses say their top priority is taking on the staffing crisis in New York hospitals. Hospital administrators are forcing some nurses to care for 9, 10, or even more patients at a time.
The union’s transformation began last fall, when nurses voted for new leadership by a two-to-one margin.
That same team – New York Nurses for Staffing, Security, and Strength –swept all offices in this race.
In May of this year, nurses voted for new union rules that let nurses at the bedside set the direction for their union for the first time.
“NYSNA begins a new era today with the voices of working bedside nurses guiding the organization,” said Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, who was elected NYSNA’s first vice president. “Today marks the start of a new aggressive approach on the issues our members face.”
Under the association’s old rules, nurses’ elected leaders had little power to set their organization’s direction.
Many thanks to all NYSNA members who participated in the election – by running for office, campaigning for a candidate, and voting.
Now is the time that we put our political differences aside, and unite to meet the challenges our union face – and win the safe staffing law our patients deserve.
Hundreds of nurses have already volunteered to be part of the union’s new grassroots political mobilization program to pass a safe staffing law and elect legislators who support that bill.
This decisive election result brings a new unified purpose and direction to our union.