For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Genovese, 518.782.9400, ext. 353
OGDENSBURG, Feb. 25, 2008 – Proposed pension plan changes are the main issue in a contract dispute between registered nurses and Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center management.
The medical center’s CEO has claimed the offer is “fair” and the benefits are “rich.” But the nurses’ collective bargaining representative, the New York State Nurses Association, said the proposal will be financially damaging.
In protest, the RNs will conduct an informational picket on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in front of the hospital at 214 King Street. The most recent three-year contract for the 167 RNs expired on Jan. 31, 2008
The Nurses Association contends that:
The Nurses Association estimates that 53% of the RNs have been with the medical center for 10 years or more, with 22% having more than 20 years service. They are relying solely on the medical center for their pension – unlike transient top administrators, who have less than five years service and also tend to carry pensions from previous positions.
With more than 36,000 members, the New York State Nurses Association is the nation's oldest and largest state nurses’ association. NYSNA fosters high standards of nursing education, research, and practice; engages in legislative activity; and provides collective bargaining services to registered nurses. Its mission is to advance the profession of nursing and protect the public's health.