Thursday, February 2, 2023

NY nurses ratify agreement ending strike

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – Striking nurses at two major New York City hospitals have ratified an agreement to end the walkout, their union said Tuesday.

The New York State Nurses Association said 98% of its members at Mount Sinai Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center voted in favor of the contracts.

The agreement includes a cumulative pay increase of 19% over three years, a commitment to hire more staff, and mechanisms to enforce certain levels of recruitment, including fining nurses if hospitals do not comply with the union’s .

“While it will take time for nurses and patients to fully implement this victory in hospitals, change begins now,” association president Nancy Hagans said in a statement Tuesday.

Montefiore was pleased with the ratification, saying the “historic 19% pay raise, expanded benefits and unprecedented commitment to maintaining hiring levels” showed the hospital’s respect for nurses.

Mount Sinai President Dr. David Reich said in a memo to employees that the newly ratified contract “puts patients first” and that the hospital looks forward to “continuing our mission of providing safe, compassionate and equitable medical care.”

Together, there are 7,000 unionized nurses employed in the hospitals.

Hiring levels were a point of contention during negotiations, with unions complaining that the staffing shortage was putting nurses and patients at a disadvantage. Hospitals said they are facing a nationwide nursing shortage, hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, six nurses unions with 32,000 members walked out in various locations across the United States last year after the January 9-12 strike.

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