NEW YORK — Nurses at several private hospitals in New York City will go on strike next month, a move that could turn the current “triple pandemic” into a full-blown crisis.
Hospital sources told our sister network NBC 4 that the nurses’ union notified management at Montefiore and Mount Sinai of their intention to strike over 10 days beginning January 9.
The move follows a vote to authorize a strike before their contracts expire on December 31.
(Although the union is jointly negotiating on a common platform for all of its members, nurses at each hospital have separate contracts, so it’s possible that one facility may vote to strike while another does not.)
The New York State Nurses Association has 17,000 members in 12 hospitals that are subject to that impending termination. The union says members are upset about staffing ratios at local hospitals, contract proposals they feel erode their health care benefits and Mayor Eric Adams’ recent decision to forcibly hospitalize psychiatric patients .
The union did not immediately comment on reports that the nurses would go on strike on Friday.
Earlier, Mount Sinai Hospital said that while negotiations “can be noisy and bumpy at times,” they are “committed to negotiating in good faith at all times to ensure fairness and fiscal responsibility” and “reassured ” There will be a settlement . ,
Gov. Cathy Hochul’s office has said they are “monitoring the situation.”
All of this comes as the city is battling tripledemia: simultaneous spikes in infections from severe, COVID-19, the flu and the respiratory condition RSV.
The city has already issued a notice (but not a mandate) suggesting that people return to wearing masks indoors.