Hospital workers in the state of New York are feeling good these days.
On Wednesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul has approved the overtime pay at three state university-run hospitals to stem staff shortages amid the lingering coronavirus pandemic.
Based on Hochul’s order, nurses and other medical staff at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, Stony Brook, and Upstate University hospitals will be eligible for double time and a half OT per hour.
Normally overtime pay is time and a half per hour.
Some 7,637 medical staffers at the three SUNY hospitals are eligible for more generous overtime.
Also on Wednesday, Hochul said she’s looking at recruiting foreign workers to replace unvaccinated staffers.
“New York State’s health care heroes have worked tirelessly and put their lives on the line throughout this terrible pandemic, and they should be compensated properly for their efforts,” Hochul said.
“This vital agreement will increase overtime pay for our overworked health care professionals at SUNY hospitals and help to recognize them for their public service. We owe healthcare professionals and hospital employees that have kept the doors open an enormous debt of gratitude for their work during this pandemic and this will move New York a small step in the right direction on compensation,” Hochul added.