Nurses Vote for Freedom
Sandy Eaton, RN
following notice from Seachange Bulletin Number 44 was posted on the
Internet April 28, 2001.
of the Maine State Nurses Association (MSNA) overwhelmingly and conclusively
voted in bylaw amendments today (April 28) severing their affiliation to the
American Nurses Association.
smoothly run meeting, chaired by MSNA Treasurer Dale McCormack, lasted
thirty-one minutes, gavel to gavel. The vote was 259 to 31, indicating a
whopping 89.3% rejection of ties to the reactionary ANA. A similar vote last
October, influenced by florid promises of support by ANA and heavy involvement
by ANA staff mobilizing nurse managers and retirees, produced inconclusive
results. Having been seduced and abandoned by ANA, the tide turned, with MSNA’s Board of Directors unanimously calling for a revisit of the ANA
has been invited to appoint representatives to ongoing deliberations with the
California Nurses Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and
Allied Professionals, and the Massachusetts Nurses Association, with the aim of
fashioning a national structure comprised of groups of nurses committed to
thwarting the corporatization of health care, with nurses representing and
members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association converged on Bangor High School
by car, bus, and plane to stand in solidarity with their Down East colleagues.
The collective bargaining programs of the two associations have been allied for
the past five years in a consortium, under whose auspices New Hampshire’s
only private sector nurses unit is also organized.
Massachusetts Nurses Association is poised to join Maine in successful pursuit
of disaffiliation from ANA on April 30, when the American Arbitration
Association tallies mail ballots sent in by MNA members who were unable to
attend the March 24 special business meeting in historic Mechanics Hall in
Worcester due to religious obligations or work schedule.
results of this targeted ballot will be added to the March 24 tally, in which
82.3% of MNA members present and voting rejected continued ties to ANA.
Approximately 2% of the MNA membership thought enough of ties to ANA to go to
Worcester and vote for continued affiliation. That tally was 1,925–413.