Despite a driving rain, hundreds of HHC/Mayoral Agencies nurses filled a city street outside the Big Apple’s City Hall Tuesday evening.
Waving penlights to shine a light on the injustice of their stalled contract negotiations, members listened to speeches by Anne Bové, president of the HHC nurses bargaining unit, and other city labor leaders, as they demanded Mayor Bloomberg and city brass come to a contract with HHC and city agency nurses. NYSNA leaders from some of the city’s private hospitals - also engaged in tough bargaining - spoke about how all nurses are in the same fight to do what’s best for their patients.
In coverage by NYC radio and TV, the nurses told their stories of the need for increased staffing levels, affordable health care and better wages for one of most skilled, and most overworked, nursing workforces in the nation.
The members celebrated their solidarity, as musicians from American Federation of Musicians Local 802 kept spirits high, sending nurses home more determined than ever to continue this important fight.
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The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for nursing in the Empire State. With more than 37,000 members, it is New York’s largest professional association and union for registered nurses. The association represents registered nurses, and some all-professional bargaining units, in New York and New Jersey. It supports nurses and nursing practice through education, research, legislative advocacy, and collective bargaining.