Dear NYSNA Member,
What a week! Last Monday, a Brooklyn judge issued ANOTHER restraining order to stop the closure of Long Island College Hospital. And on Sunday, over 500 patients, neighbors, caregivers, and elected leaders marched through the streets of Red Hook to keep our hospital open for care.
That’s how we’re going to keep LICH and other Brooklyn hospitals like Interfaith open for care — by building a powerful mass movement that unites caregivers and the communities we care for.
Our court hearing is scheduled for May 2 — and we need to be ready for the results, good or bad.
Here’s one simple thing you can do right now to stay updated and spread the word: “Like” and Share our campaign on Facebook.
The more nurses who spread the word, the stronger we’ll be when the court rules.
We're going to keep doing everything we can to keep our hospitals open — on our units, in the courts, in Albany, and in the streets. Stay in the loop — “Like” Facebook.com/Open4Care.
NYSNA has scored a victory in the fight for full-time jobs and safe staffing at HHC. HHC management has agreed to stop using a private staffing agency to provide non-union graduate nurses on long-term contracts — instead of hiring regular staff nurses. Anne Bové, president of the HHC/Mayoral NYSNA Executive Council, sounded the alarm about the danger to our full-time jobs.
Our fight at HHC is just getting started. HHC is still moving forward with the privatization of dialysis services. And HHC administrators are seeking to privatize laboratory services in a joint venture with North Short-LIJ.
This victory is one step in our campaign to save our public hospital system from privatization, outsourcing, and the for-profit takeover of patient care.
The people who tried to ram through a for-profit takeover of NY patient care — and lost — are at it again. A report in today’s issue of Crain’s Health Pulse says they may try to pass their for-profit proposal as a standalone bill in Albany.
We won a major victory in March when the governor and lawmakers listened to our concerns and removed a for-profit takeover proposal from the state budget.
A study by Duke University found that when for-profits take over hospitals, patient deaths spike! We can’t let that happen to NY patients. We’ll stay on high alert to stop this sneak attack. Stay tuned.
When Olean General management walked in to bargaining with NYSNA nurses, someone had been doing some decorating — the walls were covered floor to ceiling with Protests of Assignment!
NYSNA nurses in Olean have filed more than 1,500 Protests of Assignments in the past 14 months. That’s so many we still had POA’s left over after we finished putting up the new wallpaper.
We’ll keep fighting to win safe staffing for our patients — in our contract at Olean General Hospital and in state law.
Next week, NYSNA leaders will come together at our Congress of Bargaining Unit Leaders and Lobby Day, April 15 and 16. Congress is the place where NYSNA leaders share strategies to win strong contracts, defend good benefits, take on staffing, and improve patient care. The next day, we'll tell our lawmakers about why we need safe staffing.
To register for Congress, talk to your NYSNA delegate or rep. Click here to register for the April 16 Lobby Day.
Ask any NY nurse: There’s a staffing crisis in our hospitals. We’re being forced to take on WAY too many patients at a time!
Nurses and our patients are paying the price. That’s why hundreds of nurses have already registered to get on the bus to Albany on May 21 — our Safe Staffing Day of Action. Piles of new registrations are coming in every day.
Dozens of NY lawmakers have already spoken up in favor of nurse-to-patient ratios. But many lawmakers have not taken a stand yet. They need to hear from us — frontline caregivers, and the people who put them in office.
Get on the bus for safe staffing on May 21. RSVP here today.
Jill Furillo, RN,
NYSNA Executive Director
The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for hundreds of thousands of frontline nurses. We are New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses.