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ONA Constituent Associations January 2014 Update

ONA Constituent Associations (CAs) are geographic areas in which all ONA members participate. ONA members are elected to the ONA House of Delegates from CAs. Thus, nurses from different practice settings have the opportunity to serve in the highest policy making body of the association. ONA members typically join the CA where they work or live, although some areas of the state do not have a CA. Members in those areas belong to the "At-Large CA” which provides them a vehicle for election to the House of Delegates.

The ONA Board declared the following bargaining units as Constituent Associations Bargaining Units (CA-BUs):

  • Mid-Columbia Medical Center CA-BU
  • Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center CA-BU
  • St. Anthony Hospital CA-BU
  • Harney District Hospital CA-BU
  • Sky Lakes CA-BU
  • St. Alphonsus Medical Center Baker City CA-BU
  • Grande Ronde Hospital CA-BU
  • Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital CA-BU
  • St. Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario CA-BU
  • Good Shepherd Medical Center – SHMC CA-BU
  • Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital – HRM CA-BU
  • Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center – PWFMC CA-BU
  • Providence Milwaukie – PMIL CA-BU

All members in a dissolved CA who are not members of the new CA-BU have been placed in the At-Large CA.

  • CA 6 dissolved
  • CA 7 dissolved
  • CA 8 dissolved
  • CA 9 dissolved
  • CA 12 dissolved
  • CA 13 dissolved
  • CA 19 dissolved
  • CA 20 dissolved
  • CA 22 dissolved
  • CA 26 dissolved

In addition, these CAs remain active:

  • CA 1: Columbia, Multnomah
  • CA 3: Polk, Marion
  • CA 4: Josephine, Jackson
  • CA 5: Lane
  • CA 10: Coos
  • CA 14: Jefferson, Crook, Deschutes
  • CA 23: Linn
  • CA 24: Washington
  • CA 51: Kaiser, Portland
  • CA 52: OHSU, Portland

In 2012 the ONA Bylaws were amended which changed CAs in their definition, function and responsibilities ( ARTICLE VIII: CONSTITUENT ASSOCIATIONS). Here are some highlights of the changes.

Definition

  • An active CA exists where current CA members meet as a group at least semi-annually, one of which may be attendance at the House of Delegates, and complies with Section 3 of this Article.
  • Where there is no active CA, the following may be become constituent associations:
    • 1. ONA collective-bargaining units as defined by the recognition clauses in the collective bargaining agreements; or
    • 2. Special interest groups; or
    • 3. All members designated "at-large” will be considered one (1) constituent association.

Formation, Alteration

  • Members wanting to alter an active CA, considered a constituent association for the purposes of these Bylaws, will present to the ONA Board of Directors an official petition with the signatures of at least seven percent (7%) of the affected members in good standing. 
  • Where there is no active CA the ONA Board of Directors will designate as a constituent association an ONA collective-bargaining unit after receiving an official petition with the signatures of at least seven percent (7%) of the members in good standing in the bargaining unit or a unanimous written request by the bargaining unit’s executive team. All members of the bargaining unit will then become a member of the bargaining unit’s constituent association for all matters related to the House of Delegates. 
  • Members wanting to form or alter a special interest group will present to the ONA Board of Directors an official petition with the signatures of at least seven percent (7%) of the affected members in good standing. 
  • Members that do not belong to one of the three (3) types of constituent associations above or are part of a constituent association that has been dissolved will automatically be placed in the At-Large Constituent Association.

Responsibilities

Constituent associations must:

  • Adopt and maintain Bylaws that are consistent with these Bylaws and adopted policies. These Bylaws and adopted policies will supersede any inconsistent Bylaws or policies of a constituent association.
  • Elect officers by secret ballot from its members in good standing.
  • Select a delegation to the House of Delegates.
  • Submit to the ONA Board of Directors copies of all governing body and committee minutes, financial reports and communications and such reports as may be required by these Bylaws, adopted policies, and/or governing documents, or as requested by the ONA Board.
  • Submit a report to the House of Delegates.
  • Funds from a dissolved constituent association will be put into ONA’s General Fund and allocated pursuant to adopted policies.

At-Large Constituent Association

The ONA Board of Directors will serve as the Executive Committee by default for the At-Large Constituent Association and will be responsible for such things as conducting the nominations and elections of delegates, filling any vacancies in the delegation, and administering and allocating funds for delegate expenses.

The following BUs reside in the At-Large CA and could petition to become CA-BUs:

  • Benton County Health Dept.
  • Clatsop County Health Dept.
  • Columbia Memorial Hospital
  • Klamath County Health Dept.
  • Lake District Hospital
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Prov. Seaside Hospital

2014 ONA House of Delegates

All CAs and CA-BUs have been mailed a letter with 2014 convention timelines and House of Delegates information including delegate count. The At-Large CA has been mailed a "Call for Nominations” form to begin the process of electing delegates to the House. The total potential number of delegates at the 2014 House of Delegates is 392. Below is the delegate count for the 2014 House of Delegates.
 

Constituent Association
Totals Members
Total Delegates Allotted
CA 1: Columbia, Multnomah
975
40
CA 3: Polk, Marion
192
8
CA 4: Josephine, Jackson
855
35
CA 5: Lane
1502
61
CA 10: Coos
325
14
CA 14: Jefferson, Crook, Deschutes
818
33
CA 23: Linn
267
11
CA 24: Washington
812
33
CA 51: Kaiser, Portland
54
3
CA 52: OHSU, Portland
1457
59
Mid-Columbia Medical Center CA-BU
111
5
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center CA-BU
409
17
St. Anthony Hospital CA-BU
81
4
Sky Lakes CA-BU
44
2
St. Alphonsus Medical Center Baker City CA-BU
36
2
Grande Ronde Hospital CA-BU
106
5
Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital CA-BU
87
4
St. Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario CA-BU
61
3
Good Shepherd Medical Center – CA-BU
98
4
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital – CA-BU
51
3
Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center – CA-BU
144
6
Providence Milwaukie – CA-BU
54
3
Harney CA Hospital - CA-BU
25
2
At-Large
855
35
 
 
 
Grand Total
9419
392

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