It is with regret that NJSNA notified NYSNA 10/13/2011 that we are terminating our agreement for NYSNA to organize nurses in New Jersey on behalf of NJSNA. Those nurses who are represented by NYSNA at Shore Memorial will continue to be represented by NYSNA but they will no longer be members of NJSNA unless they join NJSNA as a member separately from the NYSNA membership after the 6 month declaration period is up 4/12/2012.
NJSNA recognizes the importance of nurses rights to organize with the group of their choice. If you are interested in organizing, there are a number of in-state organizations who have been successfully representing New Jersey nurses for many years.
You may likely hear about changes occurring at the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and we wanted to provide you with the facts.
NYSNA held its board elections this summer, but the results were not certified by its election committee, and the new board was not seated at the close of its convention on Sept. 25.
Since that time, a number of things have occurred both within the governance structure of NYSNA and externally through legal fillings and subsequent court action. It is complicated and confusing.
The NYSNA Election Committee reviewed more than 40 election protests from more than 130 members. The committee found that federal labor law had been violated. The NYSNA Election Committee determined that a new election should be conducted, and instructed the CEO to conduct a rerun of the election. As of February 8, 2012 no new election is scheduled in spite of the election committee recommendation to hold new elections. The US Department of Labor is currently investigating the election and it is to respond to the NYSNA members contesting the election before the end of February.
Members of a slate of candidates known as "NY Nurses for Staffing, Security & Strength" took legal action to seat those candidates who received the most votes, and on Oct. 13, a federal judge ordered NYSNA to do so. As a result of the court order, the new board was seated on Oct. 27. The new board has replaced the CEO of NYSNA and has brought in a transitional executive. The transitional executive is Julie Pinkham, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, a member association of NNU.
Some of the other changes occurring at NYSNA include hiring Gabe Kristal to lead the collective bargaining activities. Mr. Kristal was with SEIU, NUHW, and the Massachusetts Nurses Association before being hired by NYSNA. (Information available through Google).
The American Nurses Association (ANA) issued a decision on December 15, 2011 that suspended NYSNA from constituent member status for one year. This followed a request by a group of NYSNA's members that ANA investigate the action of the new NYSNA board, charging that they were bringing in a competing union to run the organization. The hearing panel asked for and heard testimony or received written statements from NYSNA members and staff including the staff that was brought in by the new NYSNA Board. The hearing panel found clear violations of the ANA bylaws, including the finding that the new NYSNA board was engaged in dual unionism, an action that threatens the viability of ANA. A copy of the notice and an article from the American Nurse is below.