RNs - New York

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Benedictine Hospital RNs celebrate passage of first contract

John A. Hamelin, New York Nurse, January/February 2012 Registered nurses at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston approved their first-ever NYSNA contract on December 22, the conclusion of a three-year struggle to achieve an agreement to help provide stable and fair working conditions, and protect their workplace rights. The nurses first elected NYSNA as their collective bargaining representative in November 2008. Negotiations started in December that year. Following a June, 2011 vote reaffirming their choice of NYSNA for professional representation, ongoing negotiations concluded with a tentative agreement being reached on December 14. ... Benedictine

Embattled Peninsula Hospital lays off some 240 workers

Far Rockaway facility tries to stabilize after shutdown of lab. Irving Dejohn, New York Daily News, March 5, 2012 Peninsula Hospital officials wrote out a prescription for pink slips on Monday as efforts to stabilize the hospital’s condition continues. Roughly 240 employees were given layoff letters, in what Peninsula officials are calling a “temporary” situation. Union honchos read the names of the axed employees in a Monday afternoon meeting, sources told the Daily News. Many workers teared up as nurses and other front-line employees were given their walking papers. ... Embattled

NY nurses in Kennedy row: We were protecting baby

Associated Press, March 1, 2012 New York - Two nurses who scuffled with one of Robert F. Kennedy's sons say they were just doing their job when they tried to stop him from taking his newborn off a New York maternity ward. Anna Margaret Lane says Douglas Kennedy twisted her arm when she tried to intervene on January 7 in Mount Kisco. She says he told her he didn't have to obey her because the baby was his. Hospital guidelines require written permission to remove newborns from the ward. Cari Maleman Luciano says Kennedy kicked her and she "went flying through the air." They spoke Thursday on NBC "Today." NBC New York aired the interview Wednesday night Kennedy is charged with child endangerment and harassment.

Nurses Association supports Northern Westchester nurses

New York State Nurses Association, February 28, 2012 Latham – For years, the New York State Nurses Association has been a leading voice on the issue of workplace violence against nurses. The association believes nurses need and deserve to work in safe and healthy work environments so they can provide the best possible care to their patients. Unfortunately, New York's nurses, no matter whether they work in an urban, suburban, or rural hospital, face difficult and often dangerous situations. The recent incident at Northern Westchester Hospital is just the latest in a series of events that illustrate this point. ... Nurses

Diagnosis: Merger? Area hospitals look to save money

Amy Neff Roth, Utica Observer-Dispatch, February 25, 2012 Utica - If all of Utica’s hospitals are going to stay open, the options are pretty limited. A closer partnership - or possibly even a merger - is needed.

The state and federal governments simply are slashing reimbursements from Medicaid and Medicare too quickly, officials from Faxton Saint Luke’s Healthcare and Saint Elizabeth Medical Center said.

These reimbursements make up more than 50 percent of hospital revenues. “The future is bleak if we don’t do anything,” said Scott Perra, President/CEO of Faxton Saint Luke’s. ... Amy

Saint Charles nurses approve contract

Elana Glowatz, Port Times Record, February 13, 2012 Saint Charles Hospital nurses voted February 10 on a contract agreement with the hospital that Mike Healy, president of the local bargaining unit, said gave the nurses 80 to 85 percent of what they wanted in terms of language regarding staffing. The nurses, members of the New York State Nurses Association, have demonstrated three times in front of the Port Jefferson hospital against what they called unsafe staffing. As the union negotiated a new contract with Saint Charles, the nurses called for lower patient-to-staff ratios. ... Saint

Flushing RNs approve new contract

New York State Nurses Association, February 9, 2012 Flushing – Registered nurses at Flushing Hospital tonight overwhelmingly approved a new three-year contract. 

The 420 RNs are represented by the New York State Nurses Association. Their most-recent contract expired on December 31, 2011. In December, hospital management refused to sign interim agreements to guarantee continuation of health and pension coverage for six months after contract expiration while the parties continue to negotiate. This was the last straw for the RNs, who felt that negotiations with the hospital were no longer producing any progress. ... Flushing

Flushing Hospital nurses to strike February 7

RNs serve notice as hospital ignores concerns about staffing and patient care. New York State Nurses Association, January 23, 2012 Flushing – Registered nurses at Flushing Hospital will strike at 7:15 AM Tuesday, February 7. A federally required notice 10-day notice of intent to strike was filed this evening with the National Labor Relations Board, hospital management, and local police. The 420 RNs are represented by the New York State Nurses Association. Their most-recent contract expired on December 31, 2011. The RNs voted overwhelmingly Friday to authorize a strike, believing management has left them with no other choice. ... Flushing

Flushing Hospital nurses vote to strike

Fighting to recruit and retain nurses, protect patient care. New York State Nurses Association, January 20, 2012 Flushing – For nearly a year, registered nurses at Flushing Hospital have made a sincere effort to negotiate a fair contract. Hospital management, however, hasn’t. Flushing RNs are particularly angered that management is now trying to intimidate them by stopping payments to their health and pension plans. Believing management has left them with no other choice, the RNs voted overwhelmingly tonight to authorize a strike. ... Flushing

County, nurses close to inking deal

Brian Quinn, Wellsville Daily Reporter, January 18, 2012 Belmont - Only six nurses are employed by Allegany County since the county sold its certified home health and long-term care programs to Willcare a few years ago. However, the ones who remain have a tentative labor agreement with the county, an agreement which could be approved by the Board of Legislators Monday. The county and the New York State Nurses’ Association have been trying to come up with an agreement since the old one expired December 31, 2007. Three of the nurses are public health nurses, two of whom work in the health department and one in the Department of Social Services. ... County

Nurses at Bronx Montefiore overwhelmingly ratify contract

10-to-1 margin seals new four-year pact. New York State Nurses Association, January 17, 2012 Bronx - Members of the New York State Nurses Association at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx overwhelmingly ratified their new four-year agreement in two days of voting that concluded late Friday evening, January 13. By a 10-to-1 margin, nurses approved a new contract that meets their bargaining goals: stronger staffing levels to provide quality care for patients, fair wages and affordable prescription benefits. The agreement will add 125 new professional registered nurses, a 7.5 percent raise over four years, a $750 bonus after ratification ... Nurses

Statement from NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on the Executive Budget and Tier 6

New York State AFL-CIO, January 17, 2012 Albany - Creating jobs and strengthening the middle class is the number one priority of the labor movement. Much of the Governor's budget proposal advances that agenda and we look forward to working with him to that end provided appropriate labor protections are in place. However, on the issue of Tier 6, we disagree with the contention that the current defined benefit pension is unsustainable. What is unsustainable is a society where each generation of middle class worker retires with less financial security than the one before. ... Statement

Nurses slam Flushing Hospital for suspending pension

Joe Anuta, Queens Times Ledger, January 13, 2012 Unionized nurses negotiating a contract with Flushing Hospital are furious that management did not sign an agreement to continue their pension plans while the two sides duke it out at the bargaining table. “This is really mean-spirited stuff,” said Wanda Shelton-Martin, a representative of the New York State Nurses Association. “This hospital is not caring for its nurses.” About 50 people gathered outside the hospital, at 45-00 Parsons Boulevard, last Thursday to condemn the hospital for not signing the interim agreement, which would keep pension and health-care benefits intact for six months ... Nurses

Background: Union-oriented slate tops NY Nurses election

Union Democracy Review, December 9, 2010 NY Nurses United, the pro-union opposition group in the New York State Nurses Association, chalked up an important gain in the August election of top officers. NYSNA two-year term elections are staggered. This time, of the six positions to be filled, the opposition group had nominated four and called for a write-in for a fifth. Of its four candidates on the ballot, it elected three. A total of 2,703 members cast their mail ballots. ... Background

Background: Nurses ask court to back rights in NYS Association

Union Democracy Review, September 15, 2009 Three nurses filed suit in federal court in January against their New York State Nurses Association. The case arises out of the association's decision to disaffiliate from the United American Nurses, the AFL-CIO national union of registered nurses. The complainants were members of Nurses for Unity, a caucus which campaigned against disaffiliation: Lorna Samuels is a member of the association Board of Directors and its secretary; Patricia Leo Holloman and Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez were Board members through October 2007. They ask the court to void the disaffiliation decision, to reverse disciplinary sanctions imposed on them ... Background

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