i'm a member of nysna. all the information i've received form nysna and the usw has been, in my opinion, dishonest propaganda. i did manage to find some outside information about the strike:
nurses and negotiators that represent unionized nurses plan to strike at midnight friday because of changes to their work conditions. the irony, they say, is that their employer is a union that advocates for worker rights."it's surreal," said kathleen korman
, a nurse representative from guilderland who is part of the united steelworkers union
within the new york state nurses association
. about 65 nurses, lawyers and professional staff at the association are represented by the unit.
"we fight all the time against employers who make unilateral changes to working conditions," korman said. "nysna directs us to fight them and we do it, but i guess (nysna) can do it."
latham-based nysna represents about 37,000 nurses and health professionals in new york. a nysna spokeswoman said the association has offered a fair and fiscally responsible contract and hopes to have a resolution soon.
"we really believe that we can arrive at a mutually acceptable contract and avoid this strike entirely," said robin wood
, director of communications for nysna.
the union that represented the professional unit was dissolved in march 2010, but days before the union's end, leaders of the professional staff went to nysna and asked the administration to voluntarily recognize the staff's new union. nysna administration refused the request, saying several unions were trying to organize the staff, and advised them to choose a union by vote.
two months later, the staff voted 64 to 1 to join the united steelworkers union.
in the meantime, nysna imposed new working conditions that required the staff to carry blackberry mobile devices, changed rules for compensatory time and restricted vacation time accrual. wood said the changes brought the professional staff in line with nonunion professional employees at nysna and other professionals within the united steelworkers union.
previously, the professional staff had a 35-hour work week and received compensatory time if they worked excessive hours, but nysna's new conditions removed the definition of a work week and proposed "when one has worked excessive hours with justification to the associate director and with his or her approval, an occasional (comp) day would be granted."
victoria longo, co-chair of the professional staff's union, said nysna would never let nurses agree to such a contract. "the very things we are asking for are the very things we get for our members," longo said.
a mediator has called for the parties to negotiate saturday.