Ok... be prepared for some more head spinning:
<but how is it (from my understanding) that the ANA board can approve financial funding that comes out of my dues and goes into the UAN budget.
It doesnt. NONE of the funding for the UAN comes out of your dues.
Non-union ANA members have nothing at all to do with the UAN or its financial support and that is how its been since the beginning. The UAN is self-supporting, which means that the only dues that go to the UAN are those of its own members
- the unionized
ANA is not feeding the UAN.
On the contrary, in the past, the dues of the 100,000 unionized members had been used to feed the rest
of the ANA, because, as the majority, the unionized members carried the ANA budget.
The UAN's substanial budget that you referred to includes money that the ANA currently OWES to the UAN from dues that UAN members have already paid
to the ANA. That money is not coming from non-union members. Under the old ANA structure, all of the dues paid by the unionized members went straight to the ANA and the ANA then sent a percentage of our dues back to the UAN for collective bargaining services. But the ANA sent back only a fraction of what we were paying as collective bargaining members for those services
. Now it will be paying back what it owes us. Thats one reason you see an increase in our budget. An inequity is being made right.
Also, the significant budgetary implementations you mentioned are
significant because that is a percentage of the amount that the 100,000 unionized members are paying and 100,000 is a significant number of contributors. The substantial dues that UAN members pay fund its substantial budget. We had been paying those dues all along but, under the old structure which existed before the UAN came into being, the ANA board could keep that money. The new bylaws remove interference in the UAN by the ANA and its board, and not only are we getting back more of what we already paid, but we will also be sending a larger percentage of our dues to the UAN. Thats another reason why you see an increase our budget.
The bylaws change will allow for union nurses to divide our dues between the ANA & UAN. Instead of 100% of our dues going directly to the ANA with the UAN then having to wait for a hand-out of its own members money, a share of the union members dues
will be paid to the ANA, and a share will be paid directly
to the UAN. The portion of our dues that go to the UAN will be a higher, more equitable percentage of the total than it has been - to support the collective bargaining services that those dues are supposed to be paying for.
Our total dues amount wont change. Its just getting divvied up differently & the union portion is not under the ANA's control. The amount that will be paid to the UAN is just a percentage
of our total dues. We will still be ANA members and will still be financially supporting the ANA too.
Ive heard that some non-union ANA members dont like the idea that the UAN members provide the union with a substanial budget. Ive heard that some non-union members feel that those funds should be kept available for their own state's use by being put to the ANA only & with-held from the UAN, but that money doesn't even come from them or their states or even from the ANA. Its money that the unionized members alone
are contributing, so I dont know why any non-union members would lay claim to it. Non-union ANA members have to realize when looking at the UAN budget figures that this is only the unionized nurses own dues
and while our budget is substantial by the mere fact that there are over 100,000 of us paying into it, its still only a percentage
of the total amount we pay. The rest goes to support the work the ANA does for all nurses. Under the previous ANA structure, the bulk of the dues paid by union nurses could be used to support everybody else in the ANA, instead of being sent to the UAN to support the services we're paying for
. That is not exactly fair. The ANA recognizes that and it is being rectified with the bylaws changes.
The bylaws also ensures that financing for the UAN is not coming from anyone's pocket but our own.
If you are not a collective bargaining member, your dues stay only with the ANA, as they always did.
If you read them again, you will see that the bylaws expressly state over & over "dues paid by the collective bargaining members
" & discusses how those collective bargaining members dues
will be divided. It's only our own
money that it's talking about.
The bylaws also ensure that the UAN is in charge of its own
finances and governance as an autonomous, independent associate
, not under the control of the ANA board or non-union ANA members. The ANA, its board, & the non-union members have no input or control in the UANs finances or work. The ANA is not deciding the UANs budget. It is not up to the ANA to decide anything about the UAN. The UAN is independent and its relationship with the ANA is to be symbiotic & negotiated
like the legally binding contracts we negotiate in our workplaces. The ANA, its board, and non-union members are not involved in UAN governance, finances, or decisions, just as they do not make the decisions for the current ANA affiliates - the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the American Academy of Nursing, and the American Nurses Foundation - and would not be involved in control of the Emergency Nurses Association either, for example, should it or any other nursing organization choose to became an associate member as well.
Contrary to the notion that the UAN and its 100,000 members joining the ANA as a separate entity within the ANA will somehow lead to a split from the ANA, the truth is that the new bylaw & structure will allow greater opportunities for more
nurses to become part of the ANA. The new bylaw that establishes the category of Associate Organizational Member (AOM), through which the UAN will be affiliated with the ANA, also makes it possible for all the other specialty nursing organizations to expand their current relationship with the ANA and actually be able to join
ANA as Associate Organizational Members too. Theres a long list of nursing organizations that might be interested in that.
So rather than splitting up the ANA, this bylaw & restructuring will help the ANA to grow.
The UAN exists because
the unionized ANA members did not
want to split away from the ANA in order to have a labor union. They wanted to have a national labor union for staff nurses but still be affiliated with the ANA too, so no, there is no intention to split away. In fact, we created the UAN in an attempt to avoid having to do that. Since the majority of the ANA membership and the largest state nurses assocs within the ANA are comprised of the unionized working staff RNs & they are the ones who built the ANA and pay for the bulk of it with their dues, they are not going to just walk away & give it up so easily.
I dont know anything about the WPA, except that they are anti-union.