For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Genovese, 518.782.9400, ext 353
MANHATTAN, Sept. 7, 2011 – Registered nurses at Mount Sinai Hospital are demanding a fair contract that includes reasonable wage increases and preserves their health insurance benefits. In support of their contract fight, the nurses will conduct an informational picket from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in front of the hospital at 1450 Madison Ave., between 99th and 101st streets. The nurses will be available to discuss the issues during the protest.
“We are seeking a contract that fairly recognizes the nurses’ critical contributions to the work of the hospital,” said local bargaining unit president Jacklynn Price, RN, BSN. “We are seeking improved RN staffing and limits on floating nurses outside of their regular assignments.”
The 2,200 RNs are represented by New York State Nurses Association. Their most recent, three-year contract expired on Jan. 1, 2011. There have been 15 negotiation sessions since talks began in November 2010.
Hospital management is seeking concessions that freeze nurses’ pay in the first year of the proposed three-year contract and cuts their effective take-home pay in years two and three, by downgrading the nurses’ health insurance benefits.
“Health insurance benefits are a top priority for nurses. It is only fair and reasonable that nurses, who provide quality health care every day have access to health care themselves,” Price said. “The work that nurses do entails exposure to contagious illness, high stress working conditions.”
“Overall, we want a contract that is good for nurses, good for our patients and good for the community. We believe that a contract that meets this criteria will also be good for the hospital,” said Price.
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.
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