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ONA 2013 Elections: Cabinet on E&GW

Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare (one position open) 

Scroll down to find information about each candidate. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name.


Clarice Gerlach, BS, BSN, CCRN, RN

  • Oregon Health Sciences University
  • I would like to continue to be a part of the cabinet. I have learned a lot over the last two years and would like to increase my knowledge for the ONA nurses to assist with contracts, to further my involvement potentially past the state level in the future.

George Haefling, BSN, RN

  • Staff/Charge Nurse, Rogue Regional Medical Center
  • Nurses in Southern Oregon currently have no representative on the committee; as I have been active at the local bargaining unit level, and have attended more than 10 consecutive ONA state conventions, yet have never been seriously involved at the state level. That time is NOW.

Mary Pyke, BS, RN

  • Staff Nurse, Pioneer Memorial Hospital
  • More than three years ago, I found myself sitting in a co-workers living room with a small group of nurses from my hospital, Pioneer Memorial, organizing a union effort with the ONA. We had become part of St. Charles Health System, and it was apparent that we needed union representation. Two months later, I was elected chair of the ONA negotiating team, and two years later we obtained our first contract.
  • From my experience over the last 3 years, and because I know that unions must remain strong, I would like to serve on the E&GW Cabinet. Along with my team, I have negotiated a first ONA contract, developed a good working relationship with our PMH manager, and represented RNs during grievance proceedings. I have learned much about leadership, working as a team member, and negotiating difficult issues.
  • Getting down to the core of a problem and then working from the inside out is the way I approach problem solving. I am able to see issues clearly, and work well with a team to find solutions, and I would welcome the change to serve on the E&GW Cabinet.


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