- Executive Board Meeting
- Executive Board will meet at OFNHP office, 2045 SE Ankeny. ........ read more
- CPK Contract Drop & Site Visit
- OFNHP Leadership to visit CPK campus to drop off new ........ read more
- Call Center Steward Council
- Fourth Wednesdays Noon-4pm EIN LLA ........ read more
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AFT Healthcare represents more than 70,000 members in 100 locals in 18 states and territories. The division has a very diverse membership, with members in more than 6,000 job titles working in the public and private sector in hospitals, clinics, home health agencies and schools throughout the United States. Many members are registered nurses, but the union also represents LPNs, technicians, technologists, therapists, aides, clerical personnel, service and maintenance workers, pharmacists and doctors.
The divisions' primary job is three-fold: First, to assist affiliates in winning higher wages, better benefits and improved working conditions; second, to protect and enhance the professional standards of healthcare workers and third, to advocate for policies that improve the quality of healthcare in our communities. Often, this involves assisting our affiliates in negotiating contracts as well as providing expertise and research support in enforcing those contracts. AFT Healthcare also strives to improve the practice and delivery of healthcare through lobbying and the passage of legislation at both the state and federal level and testimony and support for regulatory rule-making.
A Program and Policy Council (PPC), which meets periodically throughout the year, determines the direction of the division in accordance with the goals of the national AFT. The PPC, which is a constitutional body of the AFT, provides policy guidance to the AFT Executive Council. The PPC has several subcommittees, which address specialized topics such as quality of care, school nursing, home health and organizing.
Every year, AFT Healthcare hosts a national professional issues conference where members learn about and discuss issues which affect healthcare workers throughout the country. Speakers and workshops address issues such as nurse-to-patient staffing levels, hospital restructuring, managed care, worker health and safety, delegation, community outreach and for-profit/non-profit conversions. www.aft.org