MNA Seeks Bylaws Change

Did you know that MNA is seeking a Bylaw change at the October House of Delegates meeting in Duluth in order to be able to fine members and take them to court to collect the fines?  It says nothing about how large of a fine though.  And they also want to restrict your ability to rejoin if you resign membership .

Make sure you read all the proposed changes in this document:  MNA House of Delegates Meeting

Has MNA been communicating about this or any of the other changes to your Bylaws so that you could provide input to your elected representatives to the House of Delegates?

Has MNA ever provided a copy of the UAN Constitution so members know what violations of it could lead to a fine or other disciplinary actions?

Why doesn’t MNA amend the Bylaws at the annual meeting so all members have a chance to vote on the changes?


14 responses to this post.

  1. I have not seen anything on these proposals but then I may not be hearing it as I am no longer a “member”. Do they still have to communicate this to ALL they represent regardless of membership status? Obviously, MNA wants to exert more control over its membership and punish those who disagree with them in one way or another.


  2. Posted by wildfox on August 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Unbelieveable….looks like MNA has not learned one thing from the last contract dispute. It is more important than ever for nurses who are against MNA’s bylaws/aggessive actions to get involved and vote. MNA having this meeting in Duluth is not fair for all the nurses living in the Twin Cities, they should have a meeting here as well. I encourage ALL nurses to call or write MNA and ask for a meeting to be held in the Twin Citeies. MNA is already stageing another re-play or worse of what nurses have had to endure over the last several months. I find this behavior despicable.


  3. I hope everyone does not wake up in 2013 and ask “what happened?” MNA appears to be gearing up for an even bigger fight in 2013 so we all need to get involved so we don’t face this again. We need to stand up for our patients and let MNA know we will not strike!


  4. Posted by MDW on August 18, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Very interesting….with “friends like these, who needs enemies” right….hopefully there will be enough of us in 2013 that are unwilling to put up with the “exertion of control” that the whole thing blows up in their face!!


  5. Posted by butterfly on August 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Here is an interesting link to how the CNA operates :, there are several articles to read.


  6. Posted by abbottnurse on September 15, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I just received my 3rd district newsletter and it seems that some of the bylaw changes will affect the organization and/or the finances of the District. Does anyone know anything about this?


    • Posted by dragonfly on September 26, 2010 at 6:40 pm

      No–I am unaware of what you are referring to. Can you be more detailed? I don’t think I received the latest and greatest newsletter. I await your reply. PS Where is everyone? The site has been soooo quiet.


      • dragonfy, I am not aware of a district newsletter either so I am not sure what abbottnurse is referring to. At Children’s right now we are rebidding jobs this week which is alot of stress for everyone. The IMC unit closed and those nurses need someplace to go so it is “restructuring” time….and for those nurses this is the second time they have had to rebid for jobs in the last couple years.


        • The rebidding is done at Children’s….now we will see how layoffs go. I am not sure if nursing will see any but others will be hurt by this. The rebidding was a messy process…but not sure that there would have been a better way. MNA was involved in the process to make sure it went by seniority……hope they can get back to their job and continue to represent the nurses instead of their own agenda and work with management on difficult issues.


  7. Posted by abbottnurse on October 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    The September newsletter from the 3rd District nurses said that “MNA’s Structure Task Force is recommending a set of changes to MNA’s operations and governance”. The newsletter advises nurses to read the changes to the bylaws and hints that the MNA wants to stop funding the District organizations. Instead the Districts would have to seek new members and collect dues from members outside of the current practice of allowing a small portion of MNA dues to go to District functions.
    I wanted to know if anyone knew anything more about this issue. Since I’ve resigned from MNA, it really doesn’t relate to me, but it seems to be an attempt to stop nurses from putting their efforts into District activities, which have been fun, educational, and all-inclusive, and put MNA politically sponsored activities as the only option for nurses who want to be involved in a nursing organization.


  8. Posted by abbottnurse on October 8, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    The website for the Third District Nurses is


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