Join an Upcoming Labor Education Training!

Welcome to the Labor Education page! Following is information about upcoming events. Please check back often, as we are always planning new workshops and trainings.

Contract Action Team Leadership Training

This new series goal is to support bargaining across New York State. In these trainings members will:

  • Learn tools to engage your co-workers, throughout your facility, to get them involved;
  • Learn to prioritize the units you should spend more time on;
  • Identify leaders;
  • Help build the CAT and win a strong contract!  

Each session is offered multiple times from April through June and all trainings will be on Zoom. Register Here | Informational Flyer

More information

The series is set up in three sections: Overview, General Skill Building and Practice Sessions.

Overview Sessions cover:

  • What is involved in building a contract campaign: from the elements of a well-organized workplace to escalating actions that engage more and more members.
  • Roles & responsibilities of the Contract Action Team: how the CAT is key to building member power and being a bridge between the members and the bargaining table.

Four General Skills (Level 1) and Practice Sessions (Level 2). Please note: You should only sign up for a level 2 practice session if you have attended the corresponding Level 1 General Skills session first.

  • Mobilizing members through organizing conversations 1 and 2
  • Rounding to build the contract campaign 1 and 2
  • Evaluating our collective strength through mapping 1 and 2
  • Using texting tools and social media to build the contract campaign (Level 1 only)

Each session is offered multiple times from April through June and all trainings will be on Zoom. Register Here | Informational Flyer

Help train more member leaders at your hospital! 

Nurse Leader Training has long been a resource for nurses who want to build union power, advocate for their patients, and make positive changes in their workplace. In addition to the trainings below, which are open to all members of the union, we are able to provide tailored training, specific to your facility’s needs and availability. Contact labored@nysna.org for information about specialized trainings. Each class below is award 3.0CHs/0.3CEUS. Each part is accredited separately and can be taken independently; and the parts do not need to be taken in order.

NEW! Summer Training Sessions

  • Nurse Leader Training Part 1: The Responsibilities of Nurse Leaders to Advocate for Themselves and Their Patients, Tue., June 14, 2022, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Online Registration, Informational Flyer
  • Nurse Leader Training Part 2: Using Representational Rights Under the Contract to Improve Working Conditions, Tue., July 12, 2022, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Online Registration, Informational Flyer
  • Nurse Leader Training Part 3: Organizing Nurses for Collective Advocacy to Build Unity and Engage the Healthcare Worker Community, Thurs., July 28, 2022, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Online Registration, Informational Flyer
  • Nurse Leader Training Part 4: Advocating for Nurses’ and Patients’ Needs Through Effective Contractual Committees, Thurs., August 11, 2022, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Online Registration, Informational Flyer

If you are interested in setting up an educational session in your hospital, please contact NYSNA Labor Education at labored@nysna.org.

Racial Justice Workshops

NYSNA has developed a racial justice curriculum, which we are offering to our member leaders. The goal is for participants to acquire a common framework and to learn the historical context that led to today’s deep inequities and racial disparities in health outcomes of our patients and our communities. As a union committed to social movement and transformation, this is an exciting opportunity, through education and information-sharing, to collectively explore our experiences and build solidarity.

We are offering the full training on the following days:

  • Thursday, June 23, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 13, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

We are also offering two free-standing two-hour workshops, which cover specific topics from the full six hour training. Those are offered on the following days:

  • Wednesday, July 13, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 28, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Download this Informational Flyer to share. Click here to register for one of the workshops! For questions, please contact labored@nysna.org.

ZOOM Trainings

Learn to handle common audio problems and how to be a participant (raise your hand, mute, use participant list, and chat). Please contact the NYSNA Labor Education department for questions and if you would like to schedule a training: labored@nysna.org.