Jill Furillo, RN

Jill Furillo, RN, BSN, PHN, is the executive director of the New York State Nurses Association, New York's largest union and professional association of registered nurses.

Furillo became a registered nurse in 1985 and has worked as an Emergency Room nurse, an organizer, the Executive Vice President of the RN Division of 1199, and the national bargaining director of National Nurses United (NNU), the largest union of registered nurses in the U.S., among other roles.

As government relations director of the California Nurses Association, Furillo led the lobbying effort that successfully shepherded the country's first safe nurse-to-patient ratios through the California legislature. Building on this groundbreaking legislation, Furillo worked on behalf of thousands of nurses as a chief negotiator and strategist at NNU to win comprehensive safe staffing standards in collective bargaining agreements in states from Nevada to Florida.

Furillo joined NYSNA as executive director in 2012 in order to work with the newly elected Board of Directors and rank and file activists to help transform NYSNA into a progressive voice and union for registered nurses throughout New York. Under this new leadership, NYSNA launched a campaign to keep hospitals open, winning a moratorium on all hospital closures in the state until such time as an accurate and complete assessment of the health needs of distressed communities is carried out.

 

On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a 5-to-4 decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 that profoundly affects the future of workers’ rights, democratic decision-making in the workplace, and the preservation of good jobs in public employment.

The coming elections represent an unprecedented opportunity for our members to bring their values and expertise to Albany.

The shooting massacre of 17 people in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, sent yet another shockwave through the nation.

Few issues have demonstrated the power of working people than the come-from-behind win in defeating the New York State Constitutional Convention this fall.

In theory, it is a democratic opening that should further the interests of New Yorkers.

For readers, the New York Daily News article that ran Sunday, October 1, grasped its critical significance: “[P]ublic hospitals… take on the most under-reimbursed jobs in the city’s health care sys

In the past months, our union has displayed leadership in the protection of patients and their communities on every level.

In the aftermath of the shootings at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center on June 30, the column of the Executive Director, “Ending gun violence” from Dec. 2015/Jan.

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