NEW YORK – Hundreds of NYSNA nurses from New York City’s Health+Hospitals/Mayoral gathered at H+H corporate headquarters on Wednesday to speak and march as calls for health equality grow.
NYC H+H/Mayorals nurses care for the most vulnerable patients in the city and have been instrumental in saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. They serve a disproportionate number of uninsured and underinsured patients. However, New York City’s public hospitals have the least staff and resources, and their nurses are paid the least among the five boroughs.
“Our public sector nurses lack resources, are understaffed and are underpaid,” said Nancy Hagans, RN, BSN, CCRN, president of NYSNA. “They perform the same life-saving work as nurses in the private sector, but are paid far less, and the pay disparity is only growing. We are all nurses. We demand health equity for our patients and communities, And demand pay equity.” To the Nurse Staff at NYC Health+Hospitals and Mayorals”.
With the contract set to expire on March 2, 2023, the NYC H+H/Mayorals nurses are demanding that the city negotiate a fair contract with pay equity for nurses and health equity for patients and communities.
Private sector nurses at 10 New York City hospitals that recently signed new contracts and temporary agreements have made historic gains in safe staffing ratios and compliance, maintained quality health care benefits, and raised salaries over three years There will be an increase of more than 19 percent.
The pay disparity between public and private sector nurses will increase to more than $19,500 per year, which could further harm efforts to retain public sector nurses unless NYC H+H NYC H contracts +H/Mayoral Doesn’t reactivate pay equality.
Council member Carlina Rivera said, “Nurses are the backbone of our health care systems, providing life-saving care.” “I stand in solidarity with these workers who deserve a fair contract and more protections. I support the New York State Nurses Association in their struggle for health equity and workplace reform for communities.”
New York City Health+Hospitals is the largest public health system in the United States, serving 1.4 million New Yorkers each year regardless of ability to pay, including 475,000 uninsured patients.