RNs - New York

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Nurses at Staten Island University Hospital in Ocean Breeze express anger over stalled contract talks

Deborah E. Young, SILive.com, October 19, 2011 Staten Island - A towering blow-up union rat, chants, cheers and whistle-blowing from more than 100 nurses greeted visitors to Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze, yesterday afternoon, as nurses took to the street for several hours to make public their frustrations over stalled contract negotiations. At issue is the hospital's latest salvo at the bargaining table, with administrators pushing their approximately 1,000 registered nurses to choose between losing their pension or being on the hook for steep contributions to their own health care, according to the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA). ... Nurses

Across NYC, nurses come out in force to demand health benefits

Mount Sinai, Saint Luke's-Roosevelt & Staten Island University Hospital picket today. New York State Nurses Association, October 18, 2011 Manhattan & Staten Island – Hundreds of registered nurses at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Saint Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Staten Island University Hospital are conducting informational pickets today to demand fair contracts that preserve their health insurance benefits. In Manhattan, nurses and supporters will rally at Mount Sinai Medical Center from 11:30 AM - 2 PM at 1450 Madison Avenue, between 98th-101st Streets, in front of the Klingenstein Clinical Center. ... Across

RNs Defend their Ground at First Aid Station in Occupy NY

As NNU Sets Up More Medical Aid Tents for Protests; Los Angeles Tent Today, SF, Washington Later This Week.
 National Nurses United, October 18, 2011 

New York - Legendary civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson joined with nurses from National Nurses United and Occupy Wall Street volunteer medics Monday night to defend, for the second time in four days, the city's only medical aid station for the Occupy Wall Street protesters.

 NNU, the nation's largest organization of nurses, launched the medical assistance program last week with a tent in New York's Zuccotti Park, home base of the Occupy Wall Street actions ... RNs

Nurses' accord with Richmond University Medical Center includes pension provision

Deborah E. Young, SILive.com, September 22, 2011 Staten Island - After a tense year at the bargaining table, the registered nurses at Richmond University Medical Center have reached a contract agreement - ratified earlier this week by the more than 600 members of the New York State Nursing (sic) Association. The three-year contract represents middle ground between the West Brighton hospital and the nurses, who had also been working without a pension since 2007. As part of the deal, the nurses agreed to the RUMC pension instead of pension benefits through their union; it would not travel with them to another hospital. ... Nurses

Nurses at Brooklyn Hospital Approve Contract

Agreement avoids possibility of nurses’ strike. New York State Nurses Association, September 14, 2011 Brooklyn – The resolve of the 500 registered nurses at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in demanding a fair contract has paid off. The nurses Tuesday ratified an agreement with hospital management that acknowledges the hospital’s distressed financial situation, but also provides nurses with the ability to support their families and maintain their quality of life. The agreement ends the possibility of a strike by the nurses and was reached just days after the New York State Nurses Association, which represents the nurses at Brooklyn Hospital Center, presented the hospital with a strike notice. ... Nurses

Nurses to Set Up First Aid Station for Occupy Wall Street

Call on Mayor Bloomberg to Respect Free Speech Rights. 
Invite Regional RNs to Join and Defend Medical Aid Effort. 
National Nurses United, October 13, 2011 

New York – The nation’s largest organization of nurses today announced it will set up a first aid station Friday to provide basic medical assistance to participants in the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, an effort that will be expanded to other cities where protests continue.

 National Nurses United (NNU) will establish a first aid station in New York’s Zuccotti Park Friday at noon, October 14, to provide basic medical assistance to protesters. NNU is also asking RNs ... Nurses

As Nurses Vote on Possible Strike, Health Benefits Lapse

About 500 healthcare workers at Brooklyn Hospital could walk-out on the job as early as September 13. Paul Leonard, Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Patch, September 2, 2011 Nurses at Brooklyn Hospital Center prepared for a possible walk-out late Friday as contract negotiations between management and the employees union hit a brick wall. On Sunday, healthcare coverage for around 500 nurses and their families was allowed to lapse after the hospital refused to sign a 60-day benefit extension, according to the union representing the employees, The New York State Nurses Association. The nurses have been working since last December without a new contract. ... As

Reformers Sweep Election in New York Nurses Union

Mark Brenner, Labor Notes, September 1, 2011 In an election that could further alter the fast-changing landscape of nurse unions, reformers in the New York State Nurses Association gained a big majority on the organization’s board of directors. The victory - announced August 25 on NYSNA’s internal website - gives nine of the 13 board seats to members of the reform slate, known as New York Nurses for Staffing, Security and Strength. The union has 37,000 members. “RNs throughout New York have sent an unmistakable message,” said President-elect Pat DiLillo, who works at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. ... Reformers

Pinoy nurses seek probe into closure of New York hospital

VVP, GMA News, August 11, 2011 Filipino nurses and workers of a cash-strapped hospital in Queens, New York called for an investigation into the imminent closure of the facility this week. According to a report of the Asian Journal, elected officials joined the Filipinos in contesting the planned closure of Peninsula Hospital Center in Queens. More than 100 Filipino nurses and staffers may be among the 1,000 hospital workers who will lose their jobs when the century-old hospital closes on September 1, the Asian Journal reported. The report said the Peninsula Hospital has some $60 million in debt, amid accusations of mismanagement by hospital officials. ... Pinoy

Pinoy nurses and workers call for investigation of hospital closure

Joseph Pimentel, Asian Journal, August 10, 2011 New York - Elected officials, Filipino nurses and other staffers were among the dozens of protesters calling for an investigation into the imminent closure of Peninsula Hospital Center in Queens. “I am urging the State Health Department, NYS Attorney General and the NYS Comptroller’s Office to suspend accepting the closing plan until a formal investigation and audit is complete,” said State Senator Malcolm Smith during a protest outside the state Health Department’s office last weekend. ... Pinoy

Westchester Medical Center's planned psych emergency cuts take effect

Theresa Juva, Journal News, August 3, 2011 Valhalla - Westchester Medical Center has officially dismantled its mobile crisis team and reduced its psychiatric emergency staff, changes that won't affect patient care, but are necessary in the current economy, the hospital president said. Reduced Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements and the loss of county financial support has led to a $100 million decrease in medical center funding in recent years, Michael Israel said. ... Westchester

Gowanda Nurses Rally for Fair Contract

Jaclyn Asztalos, WKBW, August 1, 2011 Gowanda- Nurses in Gowanda are fighting back against what they call an unfair contract. "We've been fighting for what we already had," Union Worker Kelly Booth said. Union workers at the Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center are working to keep the contract fair on many levels but have concerns about the proposed rise in health care for some of the workers. Increases in insurance is only one of the many problems with the contract. "Take our shift differential away and change the way we take our time off," Booth said. Nurse Cindy Rosselle agrees. ... Gowanda

Nurses walk off the job in Gowanda - video

Mark Parrotte, WIVB, August 1, 2011 Gowanda - Employees at a southern tier nursing home say they had no choice but to walk off the job. Workers at the Gowanda Rehabilitation Nursing Center are on a 24-hour strike. They say the company wants to cut employer contributions to health insurance, which workers claim they cannot afford. The striking workers say contract negotiations have stalled. ... Nurses

NY Downtown Hosp 'overwhelmed'

Helaina N. Hovitz & Susan Edelman, New York Post, July 24, 2011 Call a code blue on this hospital. The 153-year-old New York Downtown Hospital, now the only one in Manhattan below 16th Street, is overwhelmed, creating an emergency-care crisis, patients and doctors say. The overflow stems from the closure of Saint Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village, an influx of downtown residents and a greater use of emergency rooms by the indigent and uninsured. "We have stretchers in the hallways and put patients there. It can get extremely crowded," said a veteran ER doctor. The hospital's 160 beds are usually full, so new patients are warehoused ... NY

West Brighton hospital to lay off nurses, others

Frank Donnelly, Staten Island Advance, July 13, 2011 Staten Island - Richmond University Medical Center will lay off 60 workers, including as many as 20 nurses, and also will furlough other employees to stave off a potential $6 million budget shortfall. The layoffs, announced yesterday, will become effective August 1; however, administrators stressed that patient services won’t be slashed. The Advance first reported on the possibilities of layoffs and furloughs three weeks ago. The 510-bed health-care facility employs about 2,200, including 620 registered nurses. ... West

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