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- Received updates about contract campaigns at Albany Medical Center, Shore Medical Center, Ellis Hospital and Bellevue Woman’s Center. Discussed the campaign against the closure of Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital.
- Received report from new Executive Director Pat Kane regarding her transition into leadership, and her upcoming plans for the union’s direction.
- Approved a motion to acknowledge the support and guidance that the departing director of political and community organizing, Tara Martin, provided during her tenure at the union.
- Received a policy report regarding the impending Medicaid cuts and redesign, as well as NYSNA’s plans to fight back through lobby days and organizing.
- Reviewed upcoming events for 2020, and passed motions to increase the number of sponsored attendees at the upcoming Labor Notes conference, as well as a motion to ensure these attendees proportionally represent NYSNA regions. Member leader training participants will have the first opportunity to attend, followed by all members.
- Received NYSNA PAC report which included a list of all the new NYSNA PAC Members and newly elected Executive Committee. They are as follows:
- Approved the NYSNA Political and Policy platform 2019-2020 Guiding Principles.
- Collaborated with leadership staff to discuss NYSNA’s strategic plan as it relates to defending the public healthcare safety net, internal organizing and contract enforcement, and advancing the union’s social justice work.
Hundreds of NYSNA delegates representing facilities, individual members, and retirees from across the state met at our second Delegate Convention, Oct. 29 and 30 in Albany.
Members voted to approve resolutions on the following subjects.
A bylaws amendment that would have cut short the terms of four elected officers was defeated.
Due to the untimely death of beloved Board Member Martha Wilcox, the June Board Meeting which was scheduled for June 12, 2019, was canceled. In lieu of this meeting, we scheduled 2 conference calls, one on June 24, 2019 and one on July 8, 2014.
The matters to be discussed on these calls pertained to succession planning of the Executive Director and Convention planning.
It was decided unanimously on the June 24, 2019 call that Board Treasurer Pat Kane would be offered a 1 year contract effective April 1, 2020 and Executive Director Jill Furillo’s contract would be extended until July 1, 2020 in accordance with the following transition plan:
The conference call on July 8th focused on Convention planning.
There was a protracted discussion about having all business on one day. It came up that some delegates would prefer this so that they had the option of coming for the one day of voting. Some delegates cannot be away for 2 days. It came up that business meetings do not give Contact Hours and that’s why it could be problem to have voting all in one day. It was mentioned that in the bylaws there is no proxy voting at convention as this had also been raised as a possible solution.
At the February 2019 Board of Directors Meeting, our Board:
Hundreds of elected delegates, representing NYSNA facilities, individual members, and retirees from across the state, met at our first Delegated Convention on December 7 and 8 in New York City.
Over two days of debate and voting, delegates voted to approve resolutions on the following subjects:
NYSNA delegates will meet for our next Convention in Albany on October 29 – 30, 2019.
At the Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting, our Board:
At the September 2018 Board of Directors Meeting, our Board:
At the Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting, our Board:
At the Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting, our Board:
November 2017 Board Action Report
At the November 15, 2017 Board of Directors Meeting, our Board
NYSNA’s Voting Body met on Thursday, Oct. 12 at the end of the NYSNA Convention.
The Voting Body voted to approve three amendments to the NYSNA Bylaws:
The full text of bylaws proposals is available here. A new version of NYSNA’s bylaws incorporating the amendments is being prepared.
Finally, the Voting Body awarded Honorary Recognition, NYSNA’s highest honor, to Anne Bové, for her years of dedicated defense of our public health system. More than a dozen local leaders spontaneously spoke to Anne’s dedication, and her Honorary Recognition was granted by acclamation.
At the September 19, 2017 Board of Directors Meeting, our Board
Received an update on legislative efforts: Tara Martin was recognized for her advocacy work by the Queens Young Democrats; review of upcoming Constitutional Convention, and efforts to organize members and others to oppose the Convention
At the June 6, 2017 Board of Directors Meeting, our Board
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At the February 7, 2017 Board of Directors Meeting, our Board:
At the November 10, 2016 Board of Directors Meeting, our Board:
Hundreds of members from every region of our union convened the NYSNA Voting Body on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the end of the NYSNA Biennial Conference.
Voting Body is our union’s highest decision-making body. This year, we re-arranged the agenda to give more time to put forward and debate resolutions – and members submitted two dozen proposals.
We voted to pass resolutions on the following subjects:
The Board of Directors will be reviewing all the resolutions that we did not have time to discuss at our next board meeting.
At the September 20, 2016 Board of Directors Meeting, our Board:
At the June 2, 2016 Board of Directors Meeting, our Board
At the April 21, 2016 Board of Directors Meeting, our Board
At the February 2, 2016 Board of Directors Meeting, our Board
At the Tuesday, November 17, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting, our Board:
Caring for All New Yorkers – that was the theme of NYSNA’s 2015 Convention. And we turned that mission into action. We rallied with the community against the “bomb trains” filled with unstable fracking oil running through Saratoga Springs. Hundreds of leaders attended educational strategy sessions on POA campaigns, hospital restructuring, and organizing. We met with lawmakers to chart out our path to victory for safe staffing and healthcare for all. And on our way we home, we stopped our buses at the offices of Interim Health to rally against their outrageous racist “no Haitians” want ad.
You can see photos of our convention here and here, press coverage from our rally to raise awareness about the fracking trains here, and coverage of our rally in solidarity with Haitian RNs here.
Here are the official actions we took at the convention to chart our course over the next year:
At the Friday, April 17, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting, our Board:
At the February 3, 2015 Board of Directors meeting, our Board:
At the November 18, 2014 Board of Directors meeting, our Board:
Our mission is to care for all. That's sums up NYSNA's new direction. And it's the subject of one of the motions we passed unanimously at our union's annual membership meeting, the Voting Body.
The Voting Body was just one part of our very successful Biennial meeting – one of the largest in our union's history. More than a thousand members attended two days of educational workshops and meetings. We were joined by many allies, including NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, State Senators Bill Perkins and Ruth Hassell-Thompson. And just before our meeting, busloads of nurses rallied in front of the Greater New York Hospital Association -- calling them out for blocking Safe Staffing.
At the September 2014 Board of Directors meeting, our Board:
At the June 3, 2014 Board of Directors meeting, our Board:
At the April 1, 2014 Board of Directors meeting, our Board:
At the February 2014 Board of Directors meeting, our Board: