The New York State Nurses Association announced that it and its more than 35,000 members were disconnecting from the United American Nurses, a national union formed by state nurses associations in 1999. According to NYSNA Chief Executive Officer Tina Gerardi, the unions delegate assembly had suggested this action earlier this year and its board officially voted to disaffiliate on Dec. 17.
In a news release, the NYSNA stated that it had asked the UAN to undertake needed reforms and that it had made several recommendations for doing so. Gerardi said these suggestions included termination of the UAN executive director, termination of services from its current law firm, establishment of an advisory council, a forensic audit of the unions finances for the past three years, and cessation of all discussions of a possible merger with the Service Employees International Union.
She did not explain why the unions director and law firm should be fired, and said the call for a financial audit was not because of suspicions of mismanagement. We want to know how our money has been utilized over the past three years, Gerardi said.
She added that the union had said that merger discussions with SEIU had been halted, but she wanted reassurances they will not restart because many NYSNA members have fundamental concerns about how SEIU has functioned in the past.
Many of our members dont want to have anything to do with SEIU at this time, Gerardi said.
Representatives from the UAN and SEIU could not be reached for comment. -- by Andis Robeznieks