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NYC Hospitals and Nurses Resuming Contract Talks

By 01/02/2023 8:15 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

Even as nurses at one hospital reached a tentative agreement hours before their contract was supposed to expire, a walkout by thousands of New York City nurses loomed on Monday.

Ratification of the agreement involving 4,000 nurses at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is still pending.

To prevent another 12,000 nurses from going on strike as early as next Monday, Jan. 9, contract negotiations between nurses and seven other hospitals will pick up this week. On Tuesday, their contracts were up.

The New York State Nurses Association released a weekend statement that “Striking is always a last choice, but nurses say they are ready to strike if hospital administration leaves them no other alternative to safeguard their patients and their practice.”

If a deal isn’t made, the union gave a 10-day warning that it plans to strike.

According to the law, hospitals must receive advance notification to plan alternate staffing.

In light of the “tripledemic” of COVID-19, RSV, and flu, the nurses have been requesting what they described as safe staffing levels, fair compensation, no reductions in their health coverage, and health and safety measures.

Additionally, they demand community advantages like support for initiatives that seek out and train nurses from the areas they serve.

The seven hospitals where the nurses might walk out are Maimonides, BronxCare, Richmond University Medical Center, and Flushing Hospital Medical Center. Montefiore, Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Morningside, and West.

Representatives from several hospitals expressed optimism on Friday that contract agreements will be achieved before a strike, but they added that they are ready to hire outside workers out of caution given the high patient volume due to the triple health concerns.

A few hours before their contract expired, the union praised its members at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for coming to a tentative agreement on what it called “a fair deal.”

The hospital expressed its happiness at having reached a provisional understanding.

The hospital stated in a statement, “With this agreement, which is still up for the nurses’ approval, we are making a significant investment in our exceptional nursing team and ensuring that we can continue to give the finest level of care to our patients.

 

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