NEW YORK NURSE: May 2013
At our last convention, NYSNA members voted by 91 percent to leave the American Nurses Association (ANA).
Now, the ANA has created a tiny splinter group to try to compete with us. Managers and supervisors make up most of their new membership. That’s why their plan won’t work.
We voted overwhelmingly to leave because the ANA has given up on New York’s frontline bedside nurses. They have no vision and no plan to defend frontline RNs from the corporate attack on patient care.
We’re fighting the corporate healthcare agenda. The ANA is promoting it.
We’re fighting for safe staffing ratios. The ANA continues to oppose putting ratios into the law.
We are moving in a new direction. The ANA is stuck in the past.
With more than 37,000 members, NYSNA is the largest union and association for registered nurses in New York.
ANA-NY will not even release their membership numbers. Almost all of the public members of the new group are managers and supervisors – not frontline RNs.
They are silent about the dangerous corporate attack on New York’s healthcare.
Compare that to NYSNA: we are leading the fight to save hospitals, win ratios, defend our public healthcare system, and stop the for-profit attack on our patients.
The ANA continues to oppose ratio legislation — the number one priority of NYSNA members. “The American Nurses Association, a professional trade group that advocates on behalf of both unionized and non-unionized nurses, opposes staffing ratio bills,” Kaiser Health News reported in April. ANA spokesperson Janet Haebler trashed the successful California experiment with ratios: “We’re respectful of all approaches as long as nurses have input,” she said. “In California, there’s no input. It’s just… ‘This is what it will be at all times.’”
NYSNA nurses have had plenty of “input.” We’re clear about what we need: safe staffing ratios in the law.
At our October meeting, members said they wanted to take the issue of whether or not to re-join the ANA to a full vote of the membership.
Now that the ANA has decided to form a separate splinter group in New York, that vote cannot happen — because of the ANA’s own bylaws. The ANA’s rules prohibit more than one affiliate in any state.
The ANA prevented any chance of NYSNA re-joining when they created their new splinter group, made up overwhelmingly of managers and supervisors.
NYSNA members have made our voices heard loud and clear. We are moving in a different direction from the ANA.
We are stronger now that we are out of the ANA.