NEW YORK NURSE: January 2013
January/February. Employers demand steep benefit cuts. At hospitals big and small, over ten thousands of RNs stick together, put forward a credible strike threat, and beat the worst concessions.
April. Nurses reverse the terrible arbitration decision that required many NYSNA nurses to pay for their healthcare benefits.
May. More than 2,500 nurses meet at the Jacob Javits Center and vote for changes that give frontline nurses direct control over our union for the first time ever.
June. Nurses hold rallies and file staffing grievances in every HHC hospital – demanding management add RNs on the worst-staffed units.
July. More than 300 nurses and reps from a dozen other organizations set the strategy to win safe nurse-to-patient ratios at the NYSNA Staffing Summit.
September. Nurses vote by 80 percent to elect new NYSNA officers – officers who support the transformation of NYSNA into one strong, united voice.
October. At the biggest NYSNA convention in a decade, nurses vote by 91% to set our own course and leave the ANA.
November. In the hard-hit areas, hundreds of nurses go door-to-door and staff clinics. NYSNA joins with other caregivers to launch a campaign to Build Back Better, New York’s healthcare system. The contract covering 8,000 HHC nurses heads to arbitration.