6/7/08

SEIU urged to halt raids

Jumbo union uses decertification to poach dues

It is ironic that delegates at the Services Employees International Union (SEIU) convention are calling for a national "no raid" agreement among nurses' unions while its affiliate, 1199SEIU, is actively raiding New York State Nurses Association bargaining units.

In a statement released by SEIU on June 4, the union's Executive Vice President Mary Kay Henry was quoted as saying, "Nurse unions should work together to win a fair process for the 85% of registered nurses in America who don't have a union -- instead of fighting over the 15% who already do."

"SEIU pays lip service to cooperation in the labor movement while its members are telling our nurses, 'we're going to take you over,'" said Lorraine Seidel, RN, director of the NYSNA collective bargaining program. "If they really want an end to raiding, they should immediately stop their attacks on our bargaining units."

After staging an ambush at Peninsula Hospital in Queens in May, 1199SEIU operatives moved on to attempt to decertify the Nurses Association at three hospitals in the North Shore/LIJ system: Plainview, Syosset, and Franklin. It was literally a race against the clock as nurses' committees negotiated a new contract while 1199SEIU members roamed the halls urging RNs to sign petitions and cards. The new contracts were ratified, but not before 1199SEIU members arrived in carloads in an effort to disrupt the vote.

1199SEIU members are actively targeting the Nurses Association at several other facilities in the metropolitan area. The Nurses Association has not raided 1199 units; 1199's actions are in retaliation for NYSNA's opposition last year to a proposed alliance between SEIU and United American Nurses, a national union composed of state nurses' associations.

"This is old-style, brass-knuckle union politics, not the enlightened, progressive image SEIU likes to show the public," Seidel said. "It's just one more reason why professional nurses belong in a professional nurses union."

The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for nursing in the Empire State. With more than 36,000 members, it is the state's largest union and professional association for registered nurses. It supports nurses and nursing practice through education, research, legislative advocacy, and collective bargaining.

(foxbusiness.com)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

To the Editor,
I am an RN @ Peninsula Hospital Center. I was the one who talked to our NYSNA rep. in the middle Jan. "since we have disaffiliated with the UAN, if we can talk to 1199 rep. in St Johns Episcopal Hospital (Debbie Friedland) a good friends of ours, on what 1199 can bring to Peninsula RN( me & 3 other RN)". I was told that if I was not satisfied to what I have that I should look for another Hospital to where my needs will be met.
We at Peninsula were NEVER raided by 1199. Seidel and Crane lies to member in order to get sympathy! We are tired of 24 years of broken promises, give-backs and NO action. They claimed that hundreds of RN picketted at Peninsula to demanda contract, there were less than 10 of 203 PHC RN on that pickett and they harrassed RN`s inside the hospital who didnt want to go out with them, were tired of NYSNA and we want to move on... but as professionals as they are the "NURSES UNION", they would not let us make "our choice" as they have been for years in PHC. They are holding the RN`s of PHC "hostage to their pride & arrogance and keep on appealing the NLRB with a vote of 140-30 for 1199. Meanwhile collecting our dues for 200+ nurses in Far Rockaway.
Call Peninsula speak to an RN You`ll see what really is the "cover-up"
If they ever asked for a REVOTE we think that they`ve already lost 2/3 of their 30 votes. PHC tel # 718 734-2000
ext 3140 - 4rth floor
ext 3130 - 3rd floor
ext 3120 - 2nd floor
ext 3153 - telemetry unit
ext 3150 - coronary care
ext 3136 - ICU
ext 2700 - Emergency Dept.
ext 3123 - PACU
ext 3110 - OR
QM by beepers
WE NEED YOUR HELP! TO HELP US MOVE ON OUR LIVES THAT ARE BEING HARRASSED, TAKEN ADVANTAGED, & BELITTLED BY THIS UNION. A SMALL HOSPITAL (PHC) WHO STOOD UP TO THEM IN A FIGHT FOR WHAT WE REALLY BELIEVE, DESERVE AND NEED IN OUR AGING TIME. NYSNA, LET US MOVE ON AND PRACTICE OUR RIGHTS TO CHOOSE!!!
Truly Yours,
E Alimario RN

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