For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Genovese, 518.782.9400, ext. 353
SCHENECTADY, Sept. 15, 2009 – The workplace rights of 80 registered nurses at Ellis Hospital’s McClellan Street Campus are now protected by a collective bargaining agreement.
Last week, the RNs approved an agreement that brings the McClellan RNs under the same New York State Nurses Association contract as the 400 RNs at the hospital’s Nott Street Campus.
“This agreement officially cements McClellan RNs’ rights,” said Jeff Schioppa, Nurses Association organizer.
Provisions of the new agreement:
“McClellan Campus nurses sought union representation last fall,” Schioppa said, “because of their desire to have a voice in the decisions that affect their own practice and their ability to care for their patients. Ratification of this agreement represents a crucial first step toward this goal.”
The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for nursing in the Empire State. With more than 37,000 members, it is the state's largest union and professional association for registered nurses. It supports nurses and nursing practice through education, research, legislative advocacy, and collective bargaining.