Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Insurgents win in New York Nurses election but union management refuses to give up

According to members of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), the insurgent "New York Nurses for Staffing, Security and Strength" ("S-3") won a big victory in last week's union election. NYSNA is one of the largest state nurses' unions in the United States. Winning all their races, the insurgent "S-3" slate would have the majority of positions on the union's board of directors. However, NYSNA's current management refuses to concede, citing election complaints, and has made it clear that they will not certify the election until the complaints are resolved. The insurgents are exploring their options, including legal action. AUD has followed the insurgent nurses' struggle to democratize their union in previous stories in Union Democracy Review. Stay tuned for more information as the situation develops. See AUD's website www.uniondemocracy.org for background on the struggles of the NYSNA insurgents.

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