RNs - New York

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Westchester Medical Center layoffs: NYSNA fights back

New York State Nurses Association, December 12, 2011 On Thursday, December 8, Westchester Medical Center management confirmed its plan for 250 layoffs, including 132 registered nurses. NYSNA members at the medical center, in the middle of contentious negotiations for a new contract, have been fighting back, contacting government officials and and community leaders and engaging in an public information advertising campaign to point out the impact of such cuts on the quality of care. ... Westchester

Nurses take control of the airwaves in fury over contract fight

Molly Zelvonberg, NY Page One Examiner, December 10, 2011 Nurses at Montefiore Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Medical Center have voted to authorize a strike, colleagues at Saint Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center will also join the strike if hospital management does not settle contract negotiations. Three hospitals including 7,000 registered nurses who are members of the New York State Nurses Association are working towards fair contracts, many nurses are already working with long-expired contracts. With more than 37,000 members, it is New York’s largest professional association and union for registered nurses. ... Nurses

Nurses at Mount Sinai and Montefiore vote to strike

Vote sets the stage for a possible strike by 7,000 NYC nurses. New York State Nurses Association, December 9, 2011 Manhattan & Bronx – Registered nurses at Montefiore Medical Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center have voted to authorize a strike, if hospital management does not settle contracts that provide the best possible patient care, affordable health care for nurses and their families, and decent wages. The nurses at Montefiore and Mount Sinai now join their colleagues at Saint Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, who voted last month to authorize a strike. The 7,000 registered nurses at the three hospitals, members of the New York State Nurses Association, are working together to win fair contracts ... Nurses

Massena Hospital, nurses at contract stalemate

Brian Hayden, Watertown Daily Times, December 9, 2011 Massena - Negotiations have broken down between Massena Memorial Hospital and the New York State Nurses Association, the union representing 90 registered nurses there. The hospital and NYSNA have been negotiating a new contract for the past several months. NYSNA’s agreement expires at the end of the year. But the union and hospital are unable to agree on several provisions, including efforts to improve security, according to Mark A. Genovese, NYSNA spokesman. Massena Memorial has approached the state Public Employment Relations Board about going to impasse ... Massena

More than 2,000 Montefiore Hospital nurses head back to table after strike vote

Bronx hospital could face nurses walkout during holidays. Daniel Beekman, New York Daily News, December 8, 2011 More than 2,000 Bronx nurses are headed back to the bargaining table on Thursday, one week after authorizing their union to call a strike, if necessary, during the holidays. The nurses at Montefiore Medical Center - members of the New York State Nurses Association - are battling management over staffing and health benefits, and are fed up after months of bruising negotiations, said Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, NYSNA leader at the hospital. But management argues Montefiore is strapped for cash. ... More

HHC/Mayoral RNs rally for a fair contract

New York State Nurses Association, December 7, 2011 Despite a driving rain, hundreds of HHC/Mayoral Agencies nurses filled a city street outside the Big Apple’s City Hall Tuesday evening.

Waving penlights to shine a light on the injustice of their stalled contract negotiations, members listened to speeches by Anne Bové, president of the HHC nurses bargaining unit, and other city labor leaders, as they demanded Mayor Bloomberg and city brass come to a contract with HHC and city agency nurses. NYSNA leaders from some of the city’s private hospitals - also engaged in tough bargaining - spoke about how all nurses are in the same fight to do what’s best for their patients. ... HHC/Mayoral

NYC Nurses Hold City Hall Vigil Calling For Contract, Pay Raises - video

1010 WINS, December 6, 2011 New York - Nurses from across New York City’s five boroughs brought their calls for a fair contract to City Hall Tuesday evening. They grooved to a live band with pro-union song lyrics and held penlights instead of candles during the upbeat vigil. The nurses are demanding that Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city officials return to the table to finish negotiations with the New York State Nurses Association, which represents about 8,800 nurses. In addition to pay raises and keeping their benefits, nurses said they want stronger language on nurse-to-patient ratio in their contracts to better protect their jobs and patients. ... NYC

Does Massena Memorial care about nurse safety?

Management refusing to agree to workplace violence plan. New York State Nurses Association, December 6, 2011 Massena - Emergency room nurses at Massena Memorial Hospital need protection. After violent incidents in recent weeks at the hospital involving firearms, the RNs are worried about their safety – and rightfully so. 

The RNs have been trying since September to address workplace violence in their contract negotiations, but the employer doesn’t seem concerned about nurse safety – only about the bottom line.

 Although the hospital says it plans to install more monitors and another panic button, and lock down the emergency room overnight ... Does

New York Nurses Release Ad Over Contract Dispute - video

NY1 News, December 5, 2011 Thousands of the city nurses upset over wages and health benefits are taking their frustration to the airwaves. A new 60 second radio ad released by the New York State Nurses Association targets Saint Luke's Roosevelt, Mount Sinai and Montefiore Hospitals for what they say is lack of action from the hospitals' management amid ongoing contract bargaining. In it, the ad states, "Our employer refuses to increase the number of nurses at the bedside, compromising our ability to give you the care we believe you deserve. Sadly for patients, hospital executives are acting disgracefully in talks with nurses ... " New

Nurses at 2 More Hospitals OK Strike

Fred Mogul, WNYC, December 5, 2011 Nurses unions at two more city hospitals authorized strikes on Monday, if contract talks do not advance. Negotiators at Montefiore and Mt. Sinai were given the green light to call a strike at any time, following similar votes at New York-Presbyterian’s Columbia University Medical Center and at Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital. In addition to increased wages, nurses want to continue to not pay health insurance premiums. ... Nurses

Nurses take to the airwaves with ads about contract fight

Montefiore, Mount Sinai and Saint Luke's-Roosevelt nurses join in solidarity radio ad. New York State Nurses Association, December 2, 2011 New York City - Thousands of New York's nurses from some of the city's biggest and most profitable hospitals are angry at the lack of action from management at their institutions in contract bargaining - and are taking their case to the radio airwaves. A new 60-second ad is set to run beginning on Monday, December 5 on several New York-area stations. It takes Montefiore, Mount Sinai and Saint Luke's-Roosevelt executives to task for their lack of concern about safe staffing for their patients and affordable health care for the nurses, who are the backbone of the city's hospitals. ... Nurses

Westchester Medical Center Nurses in New York Declare Impasse

Jaimie Oh, Becker’s Hospital Review, December 1, 2011 Registered nurses at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY, have declared a deadlock in their contract talks with hospital management, according to a New York State Nurses Association release. The nurses' most recent five-year contract expired on March 31. According to the release, the nurses and hospital administration have been unable to strike an accord on benefits, staffing levels and other issues. The declaration of impasse was filed this morning with the New York State Public Employment Relations Board. ... Westchester

Nurses at Westchester Medical Center declare impasse in contract talks

Management continues to deny RNs a fair contract. New York State Nurses Association, November 30, 2011 Valhalla – Registered nurses at Westchester Medical Center have declared an impasse in their contract talks with medical center management. The 1,400 RNs are represented by the New York State Nurses Association. Their most recent five-year contract expired on March 31, 2011. The declaration of impasse was filed this morning with the New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). Nurses say the medical center’s continues to display a lack of respect for registered nurses and the vital role they play in the public health system. ... Nurses

Nurses Might Strike at Major City Hospitals

Amy Zimmer, DNAinfo, November 30, 2011 Manhattan - Thousands of nurses at several of the city's biggest hospitals might stage coordinated strikes throughout the holiday season as the New York State Nurses Association works through difficult contract negotiations. Nearly 10,000 unionized nurses at the Upper East Side's Mount Sinai Medical Center, the Upper West Side's Saint Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, the New York-Presbyterian hospitals on the Upper East Side and in Washington Heights and Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, might walk out, according to Crain's New York Business. ... Nurses

Nurses threaten Christmas strikes at 4 NYC hospitals

Nearly 10,000 nurses could vote for holiday pickets at Montefiore, Mount Sinai, NY-Presbyterian and Saint Luke's-Roosevelt. Hospitals say they can't afford nurse union's demands. Barbara Benson, Crain’s New York Business, November 30, 2011 Unionized nurses at four of New York City's biggest hospitals may have a Christmas surprise for management: coordinated strikes during the holiday season, designed to maximize sympathy for the nurses' bargaining stand during unusually tough contract negotiations. Strike votes are scheduled this week at Montefiore Medical Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center, adding to the current votes ... Nurses

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