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RNs lobbying congress on behalf of the American Nurses Association

On June 27th, OFNHP Treasurer Joshua Holt participated in a lobbying event at the United States Capitol sponsored by the American Nurses Association (ANA). Holt, an RN since 2010 and a past-Chair of the Kaiser RN Bargaining Unit, has served in union leadership since 2016 He is a member of the Cabinet on Health Policy for the Oregon Nurses Association, the statewide affiliate of the ANA and professional association for nurses in Oregon. 


This year’s lobbying efforts were tied to four key legislative goals: 

  1. Restricting mandatory overtime for nurses
  2. Support for the Nurse Faculty Shortage Reduction

Dear Members of the Oregon Nurses Association,


As members of the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (OFNHP - AFT Local 5017), representing over 2,500 RNs in Oregon and SW Washington, as well as Nurse Practitioners and other healthcare professionals, we are writing to express our unwavering support for your Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strikes. The challenges and injustices you are facing resonate deeply with us, and we stand in solidarity with you during this critical time.


Healthcare professions demand not only our skill and dedication, but also a working environment that

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Pros at PeaceHealth Southwest looking into the camera and smiling about a union victory!

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