A Leader-Full Union
NYPNU was born out of a desire by the staff nurses at Lenox Hill Hospital to have a Union that truly spoke to their needs and that fought for the nurses and for patient safety. The Registered Nurses at Lenox Hill Hospital were first organized into a union in 1980 by SEIU Local 1199. By 1984, a number of the staff nurses were disillusioned with the representation provided by 1199. The nurses considered affiliating with other unions, but ultimately decided that the best union for Lenox Hill staff nurses would be one devoted exclusively to representing them and operated by them. Thus, the New York Professional Nurses Union (NYPNU) was born. 1199 was officially decertified (ousted) and NYPNU was chosen as the exclusive bargaining agent for the staff nurses through a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election majority vote in December 1984.
A Union of Nurses, For Nurses
NYPNUs elected leaders are all current or retired nurses, nurse practitioners, and case managers at the facilities NYPNU represents. When they negotiate the contract, they have to live with the results as employees working side-by-side with other NYPNU members. NYPNUs elected leadership is headed by President Kathleen Flynn, RN, Esq., and Vice-President Roy Milbouer, RN. Along with the rest of the Officers, Delegates and membership, NYPNU has successfully negotiated contracts in since 1985 and will be negotiating next in September and October 2018.
Building Power Together
More nurses throughout New York City continue to want to join NYPNU and our collective fight for better working conditions and benefits, and for increased safety and quality care for our patients. In order to increase our negotiating strength and protect more nurses with strong collective bargaining agreements, we have grown to include a more diverse group of nursing staff (including per diem registered nurses, case managers, nurse practitioners, and lactation specialists) and have added several other work sites to our Union. Our sites have grown to include Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital (MEETH) in 2000 and Lenox Health Greenwich Village in 2015. Through our affiliation with the Northeast Nurses Association (NENA), NYPNU is helping other nurses throughout New York to organize and take back their collective bargaining power.