RNs - New York

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Montefiore Reaches Tentative Pact with Nurses

Fred Mogul, WNYC News, January 9, 2012 Nurses this week will vote on a proposed settlement with Montefiore Medical Center, potentially concluding a season of tense contract negotiations that had unions at four different hospitals threatening to strike. Nurses at the other three hospitals - Mount Sinai, New York-Presbyterian’s Columbia University Medical Center and Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt - have already ratified deals. Each union had been without a contract since the start of 2011 and each had voted to authorize a strike, if negotiators deemed the step necessary. The ratification vote will take place at Montefiore this Thursday and Friday. ... Montefiore

Nurses’ benefits expire at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, sparking protest

Talks at a ‘standstill,’ union says, as management denies temporary extension. Irving Dejohn, New York Daily News, January 9, 2012 Nurses at a Queens hospital say that management has unfairly pulled the plug on their benefits, forcing them to treat the sick as they face the loss of health insurance themselves. Employees of Flushing Hospital Medical Center picketed outside the facility last week, demanding the administration strike a deal to reinstate their pension payments and health benefits. “They say they don’t have money but we’re constantly bringing people in,” said Kathy Kelty ... Nurses

Nurses at Mount Vernon Hospital to hold candlelight protest Thursday

RNs angry over contract negotiation delays, giveback demands. New York State Nurses Association, January 9, 2012 Mount Vernon - Registered nurses at Mount Vernon Hospital will conduct a candlelight vigil Thursday to protest management’s continued demands for givebacks. The vigil will be from 5 to 6:30 PM, Thursday, January 12, in front of the hospital at 12 North Seventh Avenue. The 125 RNs are represented for collective bargaining by the New York State Nurses Association. This will be the nurses’ second public protest in what has become an increasingly tense round of negotiations. ... Nurses

RNs to picket in Queens, NY

Sue Davis, Workers World, January 9, 2012 During lunchtime on January 5, the 350 registered nurses at Flushing Hospital in Queens, NY, plan an informational picket to demand the hospital continue its payments to health and pension plans. Represented by the New York State Nurses Association, the RNs say comprehensive benefit plans are needed since they are likely to suffer health problems developed on the job and cannot continue working until 65. Flushing Hospital CEO Robert Levin has offered no wage increases for three years, but has made proposals that would deprive each nurse of $150,000 in lifetime pension benefits. ... RNs

Montefiore nurses reach a new deal

Stephon Johnson, Amsterdam News, January 6, 2012 A tentatively planned New Year's strike has been averted by the nurses of Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. The nurses, represented by the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), successfully negotiated a new four-year contract with Montefiore shortly before the parties broke for New Year's weekend celebrations. The 2,300 professional registered nurses gave the hospital a strike notice for January 10, but it will now be withdrawn. The contract will provide about 125 new RN positions, salary increases of 7.5 percent over four years, a one-time lump sum payment of $750 ... Montefiore

Mount Sinai nurses ratify new contract

New York State Nurses Association, January 6, 2012 Manhattan - Members of the New York State Nurses Association at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan have ratified a new four-year contract, from January, 2011-January, 2015. The new agreement includes wage increases of eight percent during the life of the contract, a $1,500 lump sum payment upon ratification, and two payments of $600 each to be made in December, 2013 and December, 2014, to offset new premium contributions. Starting in 2012, the hospital will pay for prescription drugs when a nurse's annual catastrophic out-of-pocket prescription drug expense exceeds $1,500 ... Mount

Wyckoff hospital finds at least one silver lining

The Brooklyn health care center completed contract negotiations with its unionized nurses without the big threats of strike that other hospitals have faced, but its future under a new CEO remains undecided. Barbara Benson, Crain’s New York Business, January 6, 2012 Nurses recently threatened to strike at four major New York City hospitals. But in Brooklyn, a financially troubled community hospital settled a contract with the same nurses union without rancor - perhaps because the hospital's dire financial state left little room for negotiating. Wyckoff Heights Medical Center last month topped off smooth contract talks with nearly 400 nurses with a ratified three-year contract. ... Wyckoff

New York’s registered nurses outraged over Governor’s pension proposal

Nurses Association responds to Cuomo’s 2012 State of State address. New York State Nurses Association, January 5, 2012 Albany – A pension reform initiative, discussed today by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in his annual State of the State message, would do more harm to the state’s healthcare workforce than good, according to the New York State Nurses Association, which represents the interests of the state’s 270,000 registered nurses. Although the creation of a Tier VI for future employees is designed to reduce pension costs, it would have the unintended long-term consequences of driving qualified nurses out of public service and even to other states. ... New

Port Jeff hospital and nurses closer to contract

Elana Glowatz, Times Beacon Record, January 5, 2012 Saint Charles Hospital and its nurses are a step closer to an agreement after a January 3 negotiating session, according to Mike Healy, president of the New York State Nurses Association’s local bargaining unit at the Port Jefferson hospital. The nurses have been without a contract since last spring and said they are at odds with the hospital over issues such as staffing and salaries. The nurses have demonstrated three times outside the facility, calling for higher nurse-to-patient ratios. ... Port

Nurses Call Off Strike Plans at Saint Luke’s Hospital in New York

Meg Tirrell, Bloomberg, January 4, 2012 The New York State Nurses Association has called off plans to strike at Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City after reaching a tentative agreement on benefits with hospital management, the association said. The agreement “addresses the nurses’ principal concerns throughout the negotiations - affordable health care, relief for members with high prescription costs, safe staffing levels for patients and nurses, and fair wages,” the association said today in a statement. The organization represents the 1,300 registered nurses at the Manhattan hospital. ... Nurses

Labor strikes averted as unionized Bronx nurses, office building workers sign deals before New Year

Daniel Beekman, New York Daily News, January 3, 2012 Two labor strikes involving Bronx workers were averted just before the New Year, with thousands of unionized office cleaners and nurses signing new contracts. More than 22,000 office building cleaners and maintenance workers - including about 4,000 Bronx residents - reached a tentative agreement with city landlords Friday afternoon. Late Friday, more than 2,000 nurses at Montefiore Medical Center approved an eleventh-hour deal with the Bronx hospital. The building workers, members of Service Employees International Union 32BJ, and the nurses, of the New York State Nurses Association, had threatened to strike over the holidays. ... Labor

NYSNA Transition: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

New York State Nurses Association, January 2012
Q. Why did the newly-elected board of directors hire Julie Pinkham as the Interim Executive Director?
A. Members of the Board of Directors, in the best interests of members of the association, considered a number of different Executive Director options. They then met with Julie, learned about her extensive knowledge and experience in both labor relations and in leading a state nurses association, and decided that she would be the best person to help lead NYSNA on a transitional basis at this critical period when thousands of collective bargaining members were working without a contract for more than a year. ... NYSNA

NYSNA nursing victories and struggles around NYC

Stephon Johnson, Amsterdam News, December 30, 2011 The registered nurses at Saint Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan scored a victory Wednesday when they reached a tentative deal with hospital representatives on a new contract. As a result, the New York State Nurses Association called off plans to go on strike January 3. A statement by the NYSNA said the agreement "addresses the nurses' principal concerns throughout the negotiations-affordable health care, relief for members with high prescription costs, safe staffing levels for patients and nurses and fair wages."

Montefiore nurses win new contract, January strike averted

2,300 Bronx nurses make gains on staffing, wages, affordable health care. New York State Nurses Association, December 30, 2011 Bronx - The New York State Nurses Association has successfully negotiated a new, four-year contract with Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. The 2,300 professional registered nurses who work in the hospital made important advances in safer patient staffing, affordable health care, and fair wages, comparable to their colleagues at other New York City unionized hospitals. The nurses had given the hospital a strike notice for January 10, 2012, because of their staffing concerns. ... Montefiore

NY bill would require 4-year registered nursing degrees, raising concern amid nurse shortage

Associated Press, December 30, 2011 Albany - New registered nurses would have to earn bachelor’s degrees within 10 years to keep working in New York under a bill lawmakers are considering as part of a national push to raise educational standards for nurses, even as the health care industry faces staffing shortages. The “BSN in 10” initiative backed by nursing associations and major health policy organizations aims to attack the complex problem of too few nurses trained to care for an aging population that includes hundreds of thousands of nurses expected to retire in the coming years. ... NY

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