New York City nurses return to work after contracts end strike

New York – Two New York City hospitals have reached tentative contractual agreements with thousands of striking nurses. Strike Disrupted Patient Careofficials announced on Thursday.

Nurses represented by the New York State Nurses Association went out early monday morning After negotiations with management, it ran aground at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan and Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. In each she has over 1,000 beds and her 3,500+ union nurses.

Nurses began returning to work at both hospitals Thursday morning. New York Governor Kathy Hochul greeted a returning nurse on Mount Sinai before dawn.

Democrat Ho-Chol said the new three-year contract “will give them a well-deserved 19% pay rise here. It will also improve benefits and provide higher education to those with higher education.” are given higher wages and better working conditions, so they can focus on patient care.”

Labor unions have highlighted staffing levels as a key concern, with nurses working through the harsh peak of the coronavirus pandemic becoming too thin with too many open vacancies. Nurses say they had to work overtime, handle twice as many patients as they should, skip meals and even take bathroom breaks. .

Contracts with both hospitals contain specific and enforceable staffing ratios, the union said. The agreement with Montefiore also included what the union describes as a nurse-student partnership to improve community health and recruit local nurses from the Bronx.

NYSNA President Nancy Hagans said in a statement, “All in line with our unity will lead to enforced safety at both Montefiore and Mount Sinai, where nurses have gone on strike for patient care.” We got a good staffing ratio and today we can go back.” Our victory is working with our heads held high, knowing that it means safer care for our patients and more sustainable jobs for our profession. ”

Private nonprofit hospitals say they’ve been working Widespread Nurse Shortage It was exacerbated by the pandemic.

“Our negotiating team has worked around the clock with NYSNA executives to reach an agreement,” Montefiore said in a statement. “From the outset, we were at the table negotiating in good faith and committing to address issues that were a priority for the nursing staff.”

The hospital said it is focused on ensuring nurses have “the best possible working conditions with significantly enhanced wages and benefits” through their union contracts.

“We know this strike has affected everyone, not just nurses, and we are committed to resolving it as soon as possible to minimize disruption to patient care,” the hospital said. Told.

In a statement, Mount Sinai said it was pleased to have reached a tentative agreement and said the strike was over.

“Our proposed agreement is similar to the agreements between NYSNA and eight other New York City hospitals. It is fair, accountable, and puts patients first,” said Mount Sinai Health System. said.

some other private hospitals in the city reached an agreement with the union When the strike deadline is approaching. The contract included a total salary increase of 19% over three years.

Mount Sinai and Montefiore said they offered the same pay increases before the strike.

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