RNs - New York

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Saint Charles nurses pick up past picketing

RNs demonstrate outside hospital for higher nurse-patient ratios. Elana Glowatz, Port Times Record, November 23, 2011 Saint Charles Hospital nurses took to the street again, picketing outside the facility on Belle Terre Road. The demonstration on November 16 comes as the nurses, represented by the New York State Nurses Association, are negotiating a new contract with Saint Charles. Mark Genovese, the NYSNA spokesman, said the biggest issue for the 325 nurses at Saint Charles Hospital is the number of patients per nurse. "They really need this to be tighter," he said in a phone interview. ... Saint

Nurses Rally Against Proposed Layoffs at Westchester Medical Center in New York

Jaimie Oh, Becker’s Hospital Review, November 22, 2011 Unionized nurses at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY, rallied yesterday against proposed layoffs and cuts that were announced in late October, according to a Civil Service Employees Association release. In late October, Westchester Medical Center officials announced more job and program cuts are on the horizon as the hospital faces decreasing Medicaid reimbursements and high pension costs. According to the release, the hospital is considering laying off approximately 650 employees and has already shuttered the Comprehensive Psychiatric ... Nurses

‘World Class’ care with fewer nurses?

Westchester Medical Center RNs to protest layoffs November 21. New York State Nurses Association, November 17, 2011 Valhalla – As registered nurses at Westchester Medical Center start negotiations for their next contract, corporation management continues to be unresponsive to their clinical and work environment concerns. Even with the upcoming layoff of 250 nurses, corporation management is still seeking to cuts to nurses’ health benefits. With such a lack of respect from management for the important role they play, the nurses are asking: “How much more abuse can working people take?” ... World

Attack on nurse draws prison in tough new law

Nurse is still recovering as first use of tough law draws attention to facility. Cathleen F. Crowley, Albany Times Union, November 4, 2011 Albany - A patient from the Capital District Psychiatric Center was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday for punching a nurse in the chin, dislocating her jaw and causing a brain injury when the nurse split her skull open as she fell to the ground unconscious. The case, Albany County's first conviction under the Violence Against Nurses Law, is one of a string of assaults against nurses and aides at CDPC on New Scotland Avenue, according to police reports obtained by the Times Union. ... Attack

County, state officials calling for halt to RN layoffs at Westchester Medical Center

News conference 6:30 PM tomorrow, Wednesday, November 2. New York State Nurses Association, November 1, 2011 Valhalla – Concerned about the proposed 19% reduction in direct patient-care staff at Westchester Medical Center, four local elected officials will call for a halt to the upcoming layoff of more than 250 registered nurses at the facility. The elected leaders – county legislators Peter Harckham, William J. Ryan and Judith A. Myers; and New York State Assemblymember Thomas J. Abinanti – will discuss the impact of the layoffs during a news conference at 6:30 PM tomorrow, Wednesday, November 2, in the conference room of the medical center’s Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. ... County

Nathan Littauer nurses vote to strike

Fighting to protect patient care. New York State Nurses Association, November 1, 2011 Gloversville – For nearly a year, registered nurses at Nathan Littauer Hospital have made a sincere effort to negotiate a fair contract. Hospital management, however, hasn’t. The nurses’ negotiating team has made every possible effort, including the use of a federal mediator, to reach an amicable settlement. Left with no other choice, the RNs voted overwhelmingly tonight to authorize a strike. The 144 RNs are represented by the New York State Nurses Association. Their most recent four-year contract expired on December 31, 2010. ... Nathan

Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt nurses take strike vote this week

New York State Nurses Association, November 1, 2011 Manhattan - Registered nurses at Manhattan’s Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital will vote from Tuesday, November 1 - Friday, November 4 to decide if they will strike the hospital in the coming months. The 1,367 nurses, members of the New York State Nurses Association, have been at the table with hospital management for months - but have been unable to reach a settlement, due to the hospital’s refusal to move on issues important to the nurses and their families. Two major issues separating the parties are management’s desire to raise employee premiums for health benefits ... Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt

Transition Report: Week Two

New York State Nurses Association, October 26, 2011 The newly elected Board promised you a more transparent and accountable NYSNA. As part of that effort, the transitional team wants to provide members with regular updates on our progress building the organization we all deserve. ... Transition

A Letter to NYSNA Members

Julie B. Pinkham, RN, New York State Nurses Association, October 28, 2011 Dear NYSNA Members, I am writing to you as the newly appointed Transitional Executive Officer of NYSNA. The 2011-2012 Board of Directors of NYSNA had its first meeting and put together an ambitious list of priorities developed to move your organization forward and address the many needs of the members. As practitioners in New York’s hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other facilities, you are on the front lines. You know better than anyone that your profession - indeed New York’s entire healthcare system - is at a crossroads. The challenges facing New York’s nurses and health professionals are immense. ... A

Nurses union wounded

A power struggle within the New York State Nurses Association infects contract talks at hospitals all over New York City. Barbara Benson, Crain's New York Business, October 30, 2011 Frustrated by negotiating for more than a year without success, some 3,000 nurses voted last week to stage a strike at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. The main point of contention? Management wants the nurses to pay more for their health insurance premiums. The workers' current contribution? Zero. The fight over what the 37,000 members in the state's nurses union should pay for their health benefits has been brewing for months. ... Nurses

Westchester Medical Center, unions clash over projected layoffs

Theresa Juva-Brown, Journal News, October 28, 2011 Valhalla - How to deal with a possible $50 million budget gap next year has divided leaders and staff at Westchester Medical Center. Hospital leaders announced Wednesday that as many as 620 full-time jobs could be eliminated by the end of the year if officials and unions can't reach cost-saving agreements. "This is their hammer they said they were going to use," said Sam Caquias, a trauma center nurse and local bargaining unit president for the New York State Nurses Association. ... Westchester

Nurses: Job Cuts Will Hurt Medical Center Quality

Robert Michelin, Daily Eastchester, October 27, 2011 Valhalla – Nurses at Westchester Medical Center gathered in the rain outside the medical center Thursday to voice their concerns about the possible layoff of hundreds of nurses and other hospital workers and the effect cutbacks could have on the well-being of future patients. “We’re already working harder, with less staff,” said Sam Caquias, president of the local bargaining unit for the New York State Nurses Association. Caquias, a registered nurse in the center’s trauma center, spoke in a gathering outside of the medical center, which was prompted by the hospital's announcement that there could be a 19% ... Nurses

Jobs threatened at Westchester Medical Center

Associated Press, October 27, 2011 Valhalla - Westchester Medical Center officials say as many as 620 full-time jobs could be threatened if a cost-cutting agreement with unions can't be reached by the end of the year. Hospital President and CEO Michael Israel told the Journal News he wasn't sure layoffs could be avoided but he said "they can be mitigated." The possible cuts include 250 registered nurse positions, 350 Civil Service Employees Association jobs and 20 manager and assistant positions. John Staino, president of Westchester Local 860 which represents 1,600 CSEA workers, says "the staff is stretched thin as it is." He said the union has agreed to meet with hospital officials.

2011 Association-wide election winners seated

New York State Nurses Association, October 27, 2011 Pursuant to a memorandum and order issued by Judge Richard J. Sullivan on October 13, 2011, the NYSNA Board of Directors declared and seated the winners of the 2011 election earlier today, October 27, 2011. The seated winners are as follows ... 2011

New York Nurse Reformers One Step Closer to Power

Mark Brenner, Labor Notes, October 19, 2011 Reformers inside the New York State Nurses Association are one step closer to taking power in the 37,000-member union after a federal judge ordered the outgoing leaders to seat the winners of an August election. Members of the New York Nurses for Staffing Security and Strength slate swept all six open seats on the NYSNA board of directors in balloting results announced August 25, handing slate supporters nine of 13 board positions. Most won by 2-to-1 margins. But the winners were blocked from taking office at the union’s annual meeting in late September by several defeated incumbents working closely with top NYSNA staff ... New

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