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Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare

The Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare (E & GW) is responsible for all labor relations policies and activities of the Oregon Nurses Association in fulfillment of ONA’s mission and strategic plan.  This Cabinet is responsible for the approval of all grievance arbitrations and local bargaining unit bylaws, oversees ONA’s relationship with other unions, AFT, AFL-CIO, and the National Federation of Nurses (NFN), authorizes organizing activities for collective bargaining, and approves the budget for the defense, strike, and bargaining unit grant funds. The Cabinet is composed of seven elected (or Cabinet-appointed) bargaining unit staff nurses who meet quarterly to conduct business. The E & GW Cabinet is accountable to the House of Delegates and coordinates its activities with the Board of Directors, other ONA Cabinets and has representation on ONA’s two political action committees (PACs), National Federation of Nurses, and the AFL-CIO Executive Board. A member’s term of office is three years and the Cabinet Chair and Vice-Chair are selected by Cabinet members annually from among its members. The Assistant Executive Director of Labor Relations is the assigned staff that works closely in consultation with this Cabinet to develop and implement labor relations policies and educational offerings for our collective bargaining members.

Members of the Cabinet

  • Clarice Gerlach, RN, Chair 
  • Sharon Rose, RN, Vice Chair
  • Tammy Cline, RN  
  • Pam Gordon, RN
  • George Haefling, RN
  • Carolyn Starnes, RN
  • Alison Field, RN
  • Kevyn Paul, RN, Alternate

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