The move comes after an August vote by the Illinois Nurses Association Board of Directors to create two associations. The board vote affirmed that INA will now be solely for union nurses and a new trade association, known as American Nurses Association-Illinois, will serve all registered professional nurses in the state as well as nurse executives, managers and supervisors.
“To have a clear direction, you must have a clear identify. INA is ready to solidify its seat at the table as the nursing union for registered nurses in the State of Illinois,” said Alice J. Johnson, who is the new executive director of the INA, effective October 1. “ As the largest nursing union in Illinois, INA fights for nurses and their patients at the bargaining table, in the legislature and at the workplace. This means that INA must restructure in order to align its structure with its identity.”
Johnson said that union nurses will continue to see and work with the same INA staff. “The INA will continue its commitment to make the best nurse contracts in the State of Illinois even better, to create an environment where all INA nurses can participate and lead and continue to improve wages, differentials and workplace standards for INA nurses in order to improve patient care,” she said.
INA currently represents nurses in state of Illinois correctional facilities and mental health clinics, City of Chicago Department of Public Health Clinics, nurses at Provena-St. Joseph Medical Center and Surgical Center, Walgreen’s Take Care Health Clinics, nurses at the University of Illinois Medical Center, Union Health Services and the Scott Nolan Psychiatric Hospital at Maryville Academy.
Johnson’s staff and the new INA will continue publishing Illinois Nurse. Continuing education functions will be moved to another nursing association.
If you are union nurse represented by INA and have any questions, please contact Alice Johnson at email@example.com or 312.419.2900.