Nurse Lobby Day is quickly approaching and the Statewide Nurses Committee is seeking your support to make this a successful event. On May 10th, members of PEF, CWA NYSNA, and NYSUT will gather at the Capitol in support of legislation to set Safe Staffing Ratios. This will be an extraordinary event and PEF needs to mobilize as many nurses as possible.
PEF, along with the above coalition of unions, will start the day with a brief orientation for each participant; PEF will be in Meeting Room #1 (see attached map) on the Concourse Level of the Empire State Plaza (ESP). From there we will proceed to morning lobby appointments, or an action in the Capitol on the Million Dollar Staircase. During our coalition lobby visits we will educate our State legislators on the importance of Safe Staffing Ratios.
For Nurse Lobby Day to be successful, we need you to confer with one another and to actively recruit PEF Nurses to attend this event.
As indicated above, the day will begin with orientations for each of the union groups. Your orientation will include: a briefing on the Safe Staffing Ratio legislation, and the distribution of Shirts and Informational Packets that contain the appointment schedule and other documents to help make your day a success. From there, groups will proceed to appointments or other actions, depending on their individualized schedules.
The morning’s activities conclude with a noon luncheon for all Nurse Lobby Day participants in the ESP Convention Center (see ESP map) at noon which will include guest speakers and members of the State Legislature. Afternoon appointments begin again at 1:15pm. We hope to have everyone loaded back on the busses and ready for departure by 3:15pm. It is a tightly packed schedule. 2
Buses will be available to take on passengers in various locations across the state. PEF itself is running three buses that day, but we also have limited seats available to us on coalition buses coming into Albany from other areas of the state. The PEF buses will make the following pick-ups:
Bus #1 Long Island/Creedmoor– Bus will depart Stony Brook University Medical Center by 5:45AM, with a stop at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Village at 6:30AM.
Bus #2 SUNY Downstate/Hudson Valley – Bus will depart at 6:15AM and will make a stop at Thruway Exit # 18, New Paltz Park & Ride at 8AM.
Bus #3 Syracuse/Utica – Bus will depart at 6:45AM from the Thruway Exit #39 Park & Ride (State Fairgrounds) with another stop at Exit # 32 (Westmoreland) at 7:30AM..
Participation of PEF Nurses in this lobby effort is necessary to help achieve our goals. Please have interested nurses RSVP to Morgan Primo, PEF Organizing Secretary by Tuesday, May 3rd.
Pre-approved travel reimbursement will also be available from PEF regions where there is no bus service. Participants wanting to attend should request assistance with travel expenses by contacting Nancy Wolff prior to lobby day. In order to contain travel expenses, every effort should be made to car pool with other members from your Division, geographic area, or Region. Please contact Nancy for information on setting-up carpooling.
Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Morgan or Nancy at 1-800-342-4306 ext. 227, or email Nancy at gro.f1503495710ep@ff1503495710lown1503495710