Judy Gonzalez

Judy Sheridan-González, RN, is President of the 42,000-member New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA). An ER nurse at Montefiore in the Bronx for 35 years, she’s served as an activist and elected leader in NYSNA, in addition to dedicating a lifetime of work on broader social justice issues.

Her R & F caucus won an upset victory in NYSNA in 2011, dramatically altering the focus of the 100-year-old association. A comprehensive transformative process, from a business model to a democratic, grassroots union was initiated. Member development and engagement around workplace issues and their intersection with community justice struggles is a continuous and evolving program within the union. NYSNA confronts the social determinants of health and their disproportionate impact on people of color, by combatting the inequities in our healthcare system, leading the struggle for a Single Payer Health System in NY, and building a sustained community/labor alliance, through people power and legislation. Another goal is to legislate mandatory safe staffing ratios in all health facilities, prevent hospital closures and service reductions and budgetary cuts aimed at marginalized communities. The union participates in on the ground fights to prevent Climate Change and to promote Environmental Justice. We work actively to reduce the carbon footprint and develop sustainable energy processes, including a just transition that provides for decent union jobs in green energy, again, via popular mobilizations and legislative changes.Our newest project is our Global Disaster Network, which grew out of the devastating extreme weather events of 2017 and the health catastrophes that followed. Beginning with work in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands after Hurricanes Irma and María, we now coordinate disaster recovery teams internationally, utilizing volunteer health professionals from among our members and beyond.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, July 28