For Immediate Release
Contact: Bernie Mulligan, 800.724.NYRN, ext. 371
BAY SHORE, June 12, 2012 - Hundreds of New York State Nurses Association members will picket outside Southside Hospital in Bay Shore on June 13.
After months of bargaining, the financially strong hospital, part of the massive North Shore-LIJ system, is threatening the stability of the award-winning nursing workforce.
Seven recent bargaining sessions have made little progress and show the hospital is stalling in addressing the nurses' concerns about patient care and economic issues, like safe staffing for patients and decent pensions for nurses.
Refusing to face these issues makes it harder for the hospital to recruit and retain the kind of high-quality nurses whose work has made Southside an award-winning hospital. There are 640 registered nurses at Southside, all members of NYSNA.
Southside Hospital, 301 Main Street, Bay Shore
Wednesday, June 13, Noon to 2:00 PM
Southside nurses and their supporters will be available to discuss their concerns about quality care and working conditions inside the hospital.
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.