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How do I become a KUNA member?

All you need to do to join is fill out a membership card. They are available in the breakrooms of units (look inside the KUNA brochure) or from any KUNA officer, or contact to have one sent to you.  Once you fill out a card, simply drop it in the mail, or place it in the KUNA drop box, outside the rear door of the hospital cafeteria. 

Not sure if you're a member?  Contact or call AFTKS at 1-800-232-0262.

I have a question or problem I want KUNA to help me with. Who do I contact?

Any KUNA officer or Clinical Representative can answer any questions.  The following is a complete list of those current members.

Morteza Rabii - President, Unit 43,

Vanessa Oyler - Vice President  Member (IV Therapy)Clinical Representative

Stephanie Yonts - Secretary, Main Pre/Post

Gregory Bendorf - Treasurer, Unit 43

John Carothers - Executive Board, Unit 46

Jennifer Dopson - Executive Board, Unit 46   

Brenda Ware -   Executive Board, OR,


Or: contact KUNA at

What is the KUNA "contract"? Don't I have my own contract with the Hospital?

The "contract," as it is sometimes called, between KUNA and the Hospital, is officially known as the Memorandum of Agreement.  This agreement is negotiated every three years, and it sets standards and minimums for all nurses in the bargaining unit.  Any other contracts or policies the Hospital establishes must be in accordance with the KUNA Memorandum.  Look for the KUNA MOA under "Resources" on the home page. 





Why should I become a KUNA member?

Though all nurses at KU receive the benefits of KUNA's contract regardless of membership status, becoming a member provides a much greater level of support and input.  Only KUNA members can elect officers, vote to ratify an agreement or contract, participate in meetings with management, sit on committees or the negotiating team, or otherwise direct KUNA's goals and priorities. 

Though KUNA represents all bargaining unit employees when the contract is violated, it is only empowered to represent KUNA members in individual grievances or disputes. 

KUNA membership also comes with a number of benefits, including free life insurance, $2 million in malpractice coverage, workplace violence insurance, a free subscription to KUNA's newsletter as well as AFT's HealthWire magazine, and discounted rates on things like health insurance, pet insurance, hotels, rental cars, flowers, books, health club memberships, and more!  (Click here to read more about member benefits.)

Finally, KUNA's influence with the Hospital and its ability to improve your workplace are dependent on membership strength.  The Hospital takes us more seriously the more united--and protected--we are.  KUNA renegotiates its contract with the Hospital every three years, and the stronger we become, the more we can achieve--not just for ourselves and our families, but for our patients, and the Kansas City community.

About the AFT

Learn more about the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers and is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.


History of the AFT

Learn the history of the AFT, including the union's founding in Chicago in 1916, its affiliation with the AFL-CIO, its battles for workers and human rights and its continued work to uphold the proud traditions on which the union was created.


AFT Mission Statement

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

About AFT Healthcare

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.


Who can be a KUNA member?

KUNA's contract with the Hospital (also called the Memorandum of Agreement) covers Entry RNs, CNIs, CNIIs, LPNs, and Senior LPNs.  These employees make up what is called KUNA's "bargaining unit." 

However, any nurse at the Hospital can be a KUNA member and receive the membership benefits, insurance, and KUNA representation in workplace disputes or disciplinary actions.  The Hospital sometimes tells people they are "not in a covered position," this does NOT mean they can not be KUNA members.

What does KUNA do for me?

KUNA does a number of things to represent the interests of the nurses at KU Hospital.  KUNA is the body that negotiates a hospital-wide contract for nurses, establishing things like raises and differentials, PTO and holidays, benefits such as retirement and health insurance, and even general working conditions such as attire, call-in times, seniority rules and privileges, etc.  KUNA re-negotiates its agreement with the Hospital every three years, fighting for better benefits and working conditions each time.

A team of KUNA leaders also meets with the Hospital on a regular basis to discuss and shape hospital policy and decisions.  KUNA acts as a watchdog to protect nurses' rights, and provides a voice for nurses in hospital decisions about patient care, employment, and more.

And of course, KUNA represents individual employees in their work issues or disputes.  KUNA's contract establishes a grievance procedure for appealing decisions like placement, discipline, inaccurate employee evaluations, unfair treatment or favoritism, and contract violations of any kind.  KUNA has several member-representatives trained to assist and represent members in grievances, and also receives support from AFT-KS staff  in representing members in their workplace disputes.