Nurses at 2 More Hospitals OK Strike

Monday, December 05, 2011

Mt. Sinai is one of eight hospitals New York State officials have designated as Ebola treatment centers (Fred Mogul/WNYC)

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 St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital.

In addition to increased wages, nurses want to continue to not pay health insurance premiums.

“The health insurance they’ve been receiving [without having to pay premiums] lags behind the rest of the health care industry,” said Bruce McIver, the president of the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York.

Union officials declined to say what it would take to trigger a formal strike declaration, but said they hope the broad threat across multiple hospitals will pressure management to give in to demands.

Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, who heads the Montefiore bargaining unit, said the unit is trying to take a stand against the trend of employers forcing workers to shoulder more insurance costs.

“We already are paying 20 percent co-pays at Montefiore, so some nurses are paying quite a bit out of pocket,” Sheridan-Gonzalez said.

Contracts at all four places expired at the beginning of 2011.


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Comments [3]

nyc nurse from NYC

Colleagues, not now. Not in this economy. I have unemployed friends who can't even find work and underemployed family members.
Where do you think the $$ will come from for these raises if Medicare and -caid funding is cut yet again?
Other unions have made concessions during hard times like this; why can't we?
Don't give our profession a black eye by striking.
To the nurses in Oakland making $136,000 annually; the CA nurses with your state mandated, minimal staffing levels, those complaining about having to contribute $$ to help finance your health plan, shame on you.

Dec. 22 2011 09:47 PM
NY RN from NYC

The hospital industry had a lot of representatives at the medicaid redesign team. Corporations who make the equipment, drugs and plethora of disposable items used in hospitals make big profits paid for with health care dollars. The cost of financing those profits come from insurers who pass that cost on to their customers and the taxpayer. Either way, the burden falls on the backs of the workers and the patients. Nurses advocate for access to quality care for their patients. They tell you to put on your own oxygen mask first when you get on a plane for a reason. Stand together, stand strong, your fight is a fight for us all!

Dec. 09 2011 01:16 PM
Kathy from New York

Nurses are very powerful people and do not use that power often. Raises are in order for all and I agree that Health Insurance should be given to those who provide it, without out of pocket payments. Nursing is the one proffession that lags behind all the others and it is one of the most needed. We also need to encourage more people to enter the profession and with salary and benifits aas bad as they are, thats not going to happen.

Dec. 08 2011 08:44 AM

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