Thousands of New York nurses informed eight hospitals on Friday that they would go on strike within 10 days unless a contract agreement is reached.
Friday was the last scheduled day of negotiations, as the contract expired on Saturday. The New York State Nurses Association, the union representing the nurses, said it planned to continue talks until the January 9 strike date.
A 10-day notice is required by law to give hospitals time to provide alternative staff to care for patients. According to the union, around 16,000 nurses from eight private hospitals will be affected by the strike.
“But the best way for management to protect patients is to listen to the nurses and agree appropriate contracts that protect patient care over the next 10 days,” the union said in a statement.
The eight hospitals where nurses may go on strike include New York-Presbyterian, Montefiore, Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Morningside and West, Maimonides, BronxCare, Richmond University Medical Center and Flushing Hospital Medical Center.
Representatives of several hospitals said late Friday that they were confident contract agreements would be reached before the strike, but said they were prepared to lay off outside workers as a precaution because of the “triple pandemic”. patients had to face. COVID-19, VUR and influenza.
“Although we have proposed unprecedented pay increases, a total of 17.5% over the four-year contract period, unfortunately, the approach of the union leadership is forcing nurses to leave their patients at the head of the bed at the height of triplexemia. could,” New York-Presbyterian said in a statement.
Mount Sinai Health System spokeswoman, Lucia Lee, said in a statement late Friday that the system’s bargaining teams “are continuing their good faith efforts with NYSNA (the union) to seek a contract that best serves our community.” appropriate for.” long-term financial health of our organization.”
Alexander Lutz, a spokesman for Richmond University Medical Center, said the hospital has a policy of not commenting publicly on the conversation, “other than to say that we appreciate all of our Richmond University Medical Center nurses and thank them for their care.” Let us thank them for the. give to each of us. to our patients every day.
The union also represents another 1,000 nurses at five other New York hospitals whose contracts expire Saturday.
Nurses continue to enjoy what they describe as safe staffing levels, fair pay, no cuts to their health coverage, and health and safety protections in light of a “triplemix”.
They also seek community benefits, such as funding programs to hire and train nurses from the communities they serve.