Joining union about having a say at work

I’ve been a registered nurse at St. Mary’s for 23 years. It’s been an honor and a privilege to work with some of the most talented and dedicated registered nurses you could ever want at your bedside in a time of need. We are proud of what we do and feel we should all have a voice in our working conditions and how we provide care. That’s why I’m standing with the majority of nurses at our hospital who have already signed authorization cards to join the New York State Nurses Association.

We’ve seen a lot of changes in our own treatment and in patient care, many of which have been imposed on us from an outside corporation. We are joining the New York State Nurses Association because we want to have a say in what happens locally and be a part of a larger union that advocates for improvements in health care statewide, including better access to top-notch health care and legislation to guarantee safe nurse-to-patient staffing ratios at all hospitals.

I want to thank all of the elected officials, faith leaders, union members, physicians and, above all, the patients who have shown their support. It means the world to us to know that our community is with us when we see supportive lawn signs and hear words of encouragement.

We’re expecting to have our union election in September and we’re looking forward to continuing to provide the best care for our community-with a real voice.

CYNDI GENDRON, RN and bedside nurse at St. Mary’s,