RNs - New York

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Nurses, Medical Center Workers Wait in Limbo

Robert Michelin, Daily Pleasantville, December 22, 2011 Mount Pleasant – The announced layoffs at the Westchester Medical Center have turned into a waiting game for many employees whose future at the center remains uncertain. “The nurses are losing their minds right now,” said Sam Caquias, the collective bargaining unit president for the New York State Nurses Association and a registered nurse at the medical center. “They’re thinking ‘Am I laid off? Am I not laid off? Am I bumping?’ It’s Christmas time and it’s anarchy right now.” The Medical Center announced in early December that it would be cutting 250 jobs, including 132 nursing positions. ... Nurses

Medical Center's Wound Care Unit Cut to the Bone

Robert Michelin, Daily Pleasantville, December 21, 2011 Mount Pleasant – After her position at the Westchester Medical Center was eliminated, Esther Mayz said her family’s financial situation was thrown into limbo. “I’m the main bread provider in the family, my husband has been out of work for two years,” Mayz said, who has four children. “How I’m going to make the mortgage payments and all the other things with a family is very scary.” Mayz was one of three nurses in the wound-care unit at the medical center. Two out of the three positions in the unit were cut recently as the hospital eliminated 250 positions due to budget constraints. ... Medical

Nurses of Westchester Medical's AIDS Unit Laid Off

Robert Michelin, Daily Armonk, December 20, 2011 Mount Pleasant – One of the casualties of the upcoming layoffs at Westchester Medical Center is the AIDS Management Unit. The three nurses who run the unit are all being let go, leaving the nurses association puzzled as to who will take care of the AIDs patients from here on out. “Right now it’s tough because they were in charge of dealing with a good portion of the AIDS patients in Westchester and now there’s no one to take care of those patients,” said Mary Lou Cahill, the New York State Nurses Association representative for the Westchester Medical Center. ... Nurses

Transition Report - Week 4

Efforts to transform NYSNA into a strong advocate for its members are having results. New York State Nurses Association, December 17, 2011 Members at four New York City hospitals, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Montefiore Medical Center, have joined together in a coordinated contract campaign. Working together, NYSNA nurses create the credible threat of 10,000 members going out on strike if hospital management continues to refuse to bargain in good faith toward contracts that provide nurses with reasonable wages, affordable health insurance and working conditions ... Transition

Don’t let Wall Street’s greed destroy health care!

Join NYSNA on Tuesday, December 20, in speaking out against the abusive corporate practices of Cerberus/Steward, a colossal Wall Street hedge fund that’s gobbling up healthcare facilities and putting profits before patient care. The protest will be from 12:30 to 1:30 PM, in front of Cerberus Capital Management, at 299 Park Avenue (between 48th and 49th Streets) in Manhattan.

Walkouts by Nurses Loom as Hospitals Seek to Cut Costs

Nina Bernstein, New York Times, December 16, 2011 The specter of nursing strikes is looming on both coasts, as newly empowered nurses’ unions confront hospitals pressed to cut costs amid changes in health care financing. In New York, over 6,000 registered nurses are poised to walk out of three of the city’s most prestigious hospitals before the year’s end, mainly over changes to their health benefits and what they say are strains in staffing. The hospitals - Mount Sinai, Montefiore Medical Center and Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center - already are contracting for strike replacements at more than double normal wages. ... Walkouts

New York City Nurses May Stage Strike Over Health Benefits

Sarah Frier, Bloomberg, December 16, 2011 Thousands of nurses at three New York City hospitals may stage their biggest strike in at least a decade if they fail to reach an agreement on health benefits. The 6,000 unionized nurses, who work about 3,800 patient beds and handle hundreds of thousands of annual visits, say they shouldn’t be paying more for their health benefits. Negotiations are taking place at Mount Sinai Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center and Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Hospitals, which face rising pension costs after market losses and will lose some government support under the 2010 health-care overhaul, say they can’t afford ... New

Nurses aim to halt medical center layoffs

Theresa Juva-Brown, Journal News, December 16, 2011 Valhalla - Labor relations at Westchester Medical Center continue to unravel in the aftermath of layoff announcements. The New York State Nurses Association is asking the state Public Employees Relations Board to seek a court injunction to prevent up to 132 nurses from losing their jobs. “We’re claiming this is an illegal layoff,” said Christine LaPerche, a nursing representative. The medical center said last week that it was laying off 250 employees: 132 nurses, 105 Civil Service Employees Association workers and 13 managers. ... Nurses

2011 NYSNA Officer Elections Update

New York State Nurses Association, December 16, 2011 At its meeting on November 28, the Board of Directors asked outside counsel to conduct a comprehensive review and investigation of the protests filed with the Election Committee concerning the 2011 NYSNA Officer Elections. Counsel has completed that task. The Board, acting through its Executive Committee, issued a report today that concludes, based on counsel’s review and investigation, that the election and appeals committees were improperly constituted when they issued their decisions. ... 2011

NYSNA Statement: Regarding charges and suspension from ANA

New York State Nurses Association, December 16, 2011 The New York State Nurses Association received word this morning that the American Nurses Association (ANA) has taken action to temporarily suspend NYSNA’s constituent member status for one year, accusing NYSNA of engaging in “dual unionism.” This charge is outrageous and legally baseless. Neither NYSNA, nor any of its bodies, has taken any action toward disaffiliating with the ANA, nor has it acted to affiliate with any other labor organization. The charge erroneously alleges a “takeover” of NYSNA by the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) and the National Nurses United. ... NYSNA

Sound Shore, Mount Vernon RNs to conduct joint protest

New York State Nurses Association, December 15, 2011 New Rochelle – Mount Vernon Hospital and Sound Shore Medical Center may be separated by three miles, but their registered nurses face the same resistance from management in addressing their concerns. Both hospitals are under the same corporate management, which is seeking to drive up the out-of-pocket healthcare costs for the 425 RNs. In response, the nurses will conduct a joint informational picket from 7:30 to 9:00 AM, Wednesday, December 21, in front of Sound Shore Medical Center at 175 Memorial Highway, in New Rochelle. RNs at both facilities have been trying to negotiate new contracts for several months ... Sound

Benedictine nurses reach agreement for first contract

New York State Nurses Association, December 14, 2011 Kingston – Registered nurses at Benedictine Hospital have reached a tentative agreement with management for a first contract. While details are not being released pending ratification, the contract addresses nurses' concerns about safe staffing, their rights on the job and stable wages and health benefits. The nurses will vote on the proposed agreement on Thursday, December 22, and results will be announced the next day. The nurses have been in negotiating this contract since December 2008.


Crain's New York Business, December 14, 2011 The New York State Nurses Association released details of its previously announced contract with New York-Presbyterian Hospital. The contract covering 3,000 registered nurses was “extended” to January 1, 2015, so that the RNs will continue to not pay toward health premiums. The extension gets around a recent arbitration decision that required such contributions in “new” contracts. The solution to the health insurance issue must be reviewed by the trustees of the Nurses Association Benefit Fund. In a statement, the nurses union said that if NABF “will not allow the nurses to continue in the fund, and will not pay contributions or have the contributions refunded,” then New York-Presbyterian will find another health plan for the RNs.

NY-Presbyterian Nurses Approve Contract Deal, Avoid Strike - video

NY1 News, December 13, 2011 Nurses and management at New York-Presbyterian Hospital have come to a contract agreement, avoiding a strike. The Nurses Association says the four-year agreement, approved by nurses last week, meets its members’ needs for affordable health insurance, safer patient staffing, and decent wages. In October, the hospital's 3,000 registered nurses voted to strike if they didn't win a better contract. Meanwhile, the threat of strike still remains at Saint Luke-Roosevelt, Mount Sinai, and Montefiore hospitals. ... NY-Presbyterian

NY Presbyterian RNs approve contract extension

New York State Nurses Association, December 13, 2011 Manhattan – Registered nurses at New York-Presbyterian Hospital last week approved a four-year extension to their contract. Agreement on the contract was reached after more than a year of intense contract negotiations. The 3,000 RNs are members of the New York State Nurses Association. The Nurses Association believes this agreement meets members’ needs for affordable health insurance, safer patient staffing, and decent wages for one of the most skilled nurse workforces in the nation. ... NY

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