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April 8, 2015

Alaska nurses endorse national union affiliation with AFT
AaNA Labor Program announces new partnership in Alaska

The Alaska Nurses Association (AaNA) Labor Program formally announced today that it has agreed to affiliate with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Nurses and Health Professionals.
The announcement was made jointly by AaNA Labor Council Chair Donna Phillips in Anchorage and AFT President Randi Weingarten in Washington, D.C. The two organizations had been in discussions for several months, culminating in a meeting of the two leaders in Anchorage in late March.
In voting over the last two weeks, registered nurses in bargaining units represented by the labor program overwhelmingly affirmed the earlier decision of the AaNA Labor Council board to seek affiliation with the AFT. The affiliation was also approved by the AFT executive council in a special meeting Tuesday.
“We are excited and honored that Alaska’s nurses have put their confidence in the AFT, as a voice and fighter for nurses and for quality health care,” Weingarten said. “Alaska’s nurses will be joining our union of professionals, 1.6 million members strong, including 113,000 members working in the health care industry across the nation, as we continue to fight for quality care, safe staffing levels and high professional standards — and demand that hospitals and health care facilities put patients before profits. We look forward to working with our new Alaska members to ensure they have the tools and conditions they need to care and advocate for the people they serve.”
Phillips said the announcement concludes the process that began 18 months ago when the Alaska nurses launched an initiative to investigate possible affiliation with a national union and to identify and review possible partners.
“We sought a national union with a record of representing registered nurses, one that is active in the AFL-CIO and a partner that will give AaNA members a voice in the national policies that affect their work every day,” Phillips said. “We are professionals — and the AFT is the preeminent union of professionals in American labor today.”
The AFT Nurses and Health Professionals division members include 85,000 registered nurses in 19 states. The Alaska affiliation will add more than 1,300 nurses in three bargaining units to that membership.
“An affiliation with the national union will provide AaNA with training and mentoring opportunities for new and existing leaders, professional development for our members, assistance with new organizing efforts and support for AaNA’s existing bargaining units,” Phillips said. The partnership with the AFT ultimately will give Alaska nurses a role in the national union’s policies and programs for registered nurses and other health care professionals.
As they join the AFT family, Weingarten said, “Alaska’s nurses will find a welcoming home, joining their colleagues who devote their lives to making a difference every day for the patients, students and many others they serve. Our members deserve — as frankly do all American workers — respect and dignity for the work they do.”
Changes in the health care industry, particularly recent trends toward mergers and acquisitions that have produced several large multistate and nationwide care-provider systems, led the AaNA General Assembly to adopt a resolution in 2013 to investigate affiliating with a national union.
Two large provider systems operating in Alaska employ many AaNA members. The two systems are Providence Health & Services Alaska, which is part of the third-largest not-for-profit health system in the United States, as well as PeaceHealth Medical System, which operates the Ketchikan Medical Center, as well as other facilities in Alaska, Oregon and Washington. AaNA’s third bargaining unit represents nurses at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.
Phillips said the new partnership with the AFT will help strengthen the voices of nurses currently in contract talks with Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.
Weingarten noted that as a result of the previous affiliation of the National Federation of Nurses, AFT affiliates in Oregon and Washington state already represent nurses at other hospitals in both the Providence and the PeaceHealth systems. In Alaska, the AFT already represents thousands of state and local public workers; faculty and classified staff in the university, community and technical college system; and teachers and paraprofessionals in public schools, all of whom are affiliated with the AFT’s state federation, the Alaska Public Employees Association/AFT — one of the oldest and largest public employee unions in the state.

“We are pleased that Alaska’s nurses have made the decision to affiliate with the AFT,” said APEA/AFT President Cecily Hodges. “Nurses share the commitment to quality services and professional standards that are central to the mission of public employees, educators and the many others who make APEA/AFT an important voice in Alaska.”
AaNA’s Phillips emphasized the shared values and experience that led to the choice of the AFT. “The AaNA Labor Council sought to learn what a national union organization could provide to the Alaska Nurses Association Labor Program,” Phillips said. “Ultimately, the labor council team concluded that the AFT was the best fit for AaNA’s Labor Program membership, our history and our vision for the future.”

About the Alaska Nurses Association
The mission of the Alaska Nurses Association is to advance and support the profession of nursing in Alaska. AaNA is a voice for and represents 11,955 nurses across the state of Alaska by working to improve health standards statewide; promoting access to health care services for Alaskans; fostering high standards for and the professional development of nurses; advancing the economic and general welfare of nurses; and empowering nurses to be dynamic and powerful leaders in health care and political communities. More information is available at www.aknurse.org.
About the American Federation of Teachers
The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, health care and public services. The AFT represents 1.6 million members, including nurses and health care professionals, pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; and early childhood educators. More information is available at www.aft.org.

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AaNA is thrilled to announce we are now offering webinars! Earn contact hours any time, anywhere. Our easily accessible, high-quality online education offerings are designed to deliver Alaska-specific nursing education to nurses across the state, both urban and rural, while improving nursing practice for community benefit and professional development for a satisfied, knowledgable nursing workforce. Check out our very first offering below and watch for many more coming in 2015! 


1. Click here or enter "aknurse.telspanexam.com" into your browser; this will take you to the webinar site where you will be asked to create an account.  Create an account.

2. Log in to your account.  On the top right hand portion of the page you will see “START-Child’s Play-Or Not?”  Simply click on that and the webinar page will open.

3. The course structure will then be visible.  Click on the first bar, the pre-test, to complete.  Then the second bar, the video, can be viewed.  Lastly, the third bar, the post-test can be completed. 

4. Once the post-test is completed you will be awarded the CE certificate which you can print out for your records.

***This is a time limited opportunity so be sure to log on soon and earn your FREE CEs!!***


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Ballots for the AaNA Joint Board of Directors & Labor Council election were counted on December 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM at the Association office. Congratulations to our leaders who were elected by AaNA members. Newly elected members will begin their terms on January 1, 2015. Elected to the AaNA Board of Directors and Labor Council:

Board of Directors Vice President / Labor Council Director
Jane Erickson

Board of Directors Labor Council Designee / Labor Council Director
Donna Phillips

Board of Directors Director-at-Large / Labor Council Director
Lila Elliott
Kimberly Kluckman 
Shelley Burlison


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Ballots for the Providence Registered Nurses election were counted on December 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM at the Association office. Congratulations to our leaders who were elected by PRN members.  Elected to PRN:

Vice President
Jane Erickson

PRN Representative to the AaNA Labor Council
Jennifer Hazen

Grievance Officer
Jennifer Hazen

Health & Safety Officer
Donna Phillips

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The Alaska Nurses Association will have limited office hours durings the weeks of December 22nd and December 29th. 

AaNA will be closed on December 25th, and open by appointment only on December 24th and December 26th. 

AaNA will be closed on January 1st, and open by appointment only on December 31st. 

If you need assistance during the holidays, please contact either Andrea Nutty at andrea@aknurse.org or Donna Phillips at donna@aknurse.org

AaNA wishes you and your family a joyful holiday season and a Merry Christmas. Thank you to all of the nurses who will make sacrifices to put others first and work on these holidays. 

Ballots have been mailed! Please take the time to review the biographical information for each candidate and to vote in this election. Click here to view the pdf

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