NYC Nurses Reach Deal to Prevent Strike
Nurses at 3 of New York City's biggest hospitals were prepared to go on strike over safe staffing
Nurses in New York City have reached an agreement to avoid a strike at three of the biggest hospitals in New York. Below is more about it from AMNY and some information that was put out by the union.
The New York State Nurses Association announced Tuesday that it has reached a tentative deal with three major hospital systems to avoid a strike by nearly 10,000 of its members.
The union said the tentative contract extension with Mount Sinai, Montefiore and New York Presbyterian hospitals includes the hiring of 1,450 nurses. The initial hires would fill vacancies, while an additional $100 million would help fill newly added full-time positions, according to a news release by the union. The contract agreement also includes a wage increase of 3 percent, and full retro-pay.
“Registered nurse staffing will be based on safe staffing ratios that will be included in the collective bargaining agreements and enforced by an independent neutral party,” the Nurses Association said in a statement.
The tentative contract, which will be voted on by the union’s members, would expire on Dec. 31, 2022. Members have been working without a contract since October. The union said its members’ workloads have grown tremendously — in some cases, one nurse would be responsible for 18 patients.