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ONA 2018 Convention Recap

More than 250 nurses participated in ONA’s 2018 Convention and House of Delegates to celebrate advocacy, share best practices and represent ONA members during our House of Delegates.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the process and made this event a resounding success!

Learn more about the resolutions and bylaws nurses voted to approve during the 2018 House of Delegates and who they will shape ONA’s future going forward.

Nurses Overwhelmingly Vote to Welcome Allied Health Workers

Nurse leaders spent two years listening to ONA members’ input and working directly with local nurses, statewide leaders and professional association members to create a successful Allied Health Workers membership proposal that empowers nurses and their coworkers, raises health care standards, helps end unsafe working conditions and improves the lives of patients and health care workers.

The Allied Health Workers bylaws presented to the 2018 House of Delegates were endorsed by the ONA Board of Directors and ONA’s Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare. An additional Allied Health Workers guidelines agreement was also approved by the ONA Board of Directors, ONA’s Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare and ONA’s Cabinet on Health Policy.

After robust discussion and debate at the House of Delegates, nurse delegates overwhelmingly voted to approve the Allied Health Worker amendments; easily exceeding the 2/3 majority vote required by ONA’s bylaws.

The new Allied Health Worker bylaws approved by the House of Delegates will allow certain allied health workers to become ONA union members if local nurses decide they want include them in their bargaining unit. Allied health workers include licensed or certified health care workers who are part of or directly support patient care teams including physician assistants, registered dieticians, clinical social workers, occupational therapists, licensed practical nurses, cardiac surveillance technicians, medical lab technicians, certified nursing assistants and other health care professionals.

Any organizing of Allied Health Workers will be subject to a joint guidelines agreement endorsed by the ONA Board of Directors, ONA’s Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare and ONA’s Cabinet on Health Policy. This agreement limits allied health workers to less than 5 percent of ONA membership (approximately 600 people), affirms existing union jurisdiction agreements and brings the agreement back to the House of Delegates in 2020.

Listen to ONA nurse leaders from across the state discuss why they support ONA’s new Allied Health Workers bylaws amendment and how they envision it improving workplace conditions and patients’ health care.

Strengthening Membership through Racial Equity and Inclusion

Nurse delegates also approved a resolution to expand racial equity and inclusion within ONA and throughout Oregon’s nursing workforce. This resolution was brought forward by ONA’s Board of Directors. The resolution will help ONA nurses build a more diverse, equitable organization and nursing workforce who can better meet patient needs and bring new leadership skills to our organization.

Protecting Oregonians’ Health and Environment

ONA delegates passed a resolution outlining the health and environmental risks of the Pembina Pipeline Corporation’s proposed natural gas export terminal at Jordan Cove and its pacific connector pipeline and formally opposing its construction. Pembina is proposing to build a large gas export terminal along the Oregon Coast near Coos Bay along with a 235-mile long multistate pipeline to transport natural gas to the facility.

An updated version of this resolution will be posted as soon as it is available.

Nurses Increase Elected Positions, Set Term Limits

Nurses successfully voted to turn 3 appointed positions on ONA’s Economic and General Welfare (EGW) Cabinet into elected positions, allowing ONA members to vote for all 7 EGW Cabinet representatives.
Nurses also approved a change to enforce term limits on all Cabinet positions when a member is serves more than half a term as an appointment to a vacant position.

ONA Lowers Dues for New Nurses

ONA members voted to offer recent nursing school graduates a two-year discount on ONA membership. The new discount reduces membership dues for new nurses by 50 percent during their first year of ONA membership and by 25 percent during their second year of ONA membership. This applies to recent graduates who were not Oregon Student Nurses Association (OSNA) members.

OSNA members will continue to receive larger discounts during their first two years as ONA union or professional association members.

ONA Cleans Up Bylaws Language

Nurses voted to approve various housekeeping changes to our bylaws including updating them to reflect the successful completion of the work of the National Federation of Nurses—which has now dissolved, ANA-requested language defining ANA’s role as a national professional association, and changes to reflect Martin Taylor’s positions as Chief Executive Officer.


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