Monday, March 24, 2014

Why Have We Taken Over NYSNA Headquarters?

The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) is the union that is the driving force behind resistance to amending the Nurse Practice Act (NPA). 

On Wednesday, March 19th, a couple of vans full of New York ADAPT members drove from Rochester to Albany to confront Assemblywoman Glick, who is the ONE person standing in the way in the Assembly from the amendments.  She is the chair of the Higher Education Committee and the amendments need to go through that committee.  When she gave us the runaround, we decided to stop by the NYSNA headquarters to make sure the nurses' union knew that we have every intent on getting these amendments through. 

Over a dozen of us entered their building and went directly into the staff office part of the building and began chanting.  Our demand was to talk to someone with the authority to negotiate language on the amendments.  We ended up on a phone call to NYC with their lawyer...Leon. 

We had language that we created that would amend the NPA that would bring the Community First Choice (CFC) to New York.  The three hour conversation was a test of patience.  Leon went 'round and 'round, making points that had nothing to do with what we were trying to accomplish and our proposed language.  We took a break so that Leon could talk to Bryan O'Malley at Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of NYS (CDPAANYS).  While we waited, we made ourselves comfortable in the lobby.  It was after 11pm when word came that there would be no resolution that night.  We decided to stay in the lobby...and never left!

It's been 5 days since.  We will try to capture just what has transpired since, where things are going and actions you can take to get this moving.  We'll have video, pictures and guest blog entries.  Stay tuned, share our stuff and help us FREE OUR PEOPLE!

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