NEW YORK NURSE: April 2011
by Mark Genovese
Also affecting contract talks for several bargaining units is the status of the NYSNA Benefits Plan, which provides healthcare coverage for nearly 20,000 members in 38 bargaining units. The plan’s finances have suffered due to the recession, which employer trustees are trying to use to their advantage.
NYSNA has been involved in intense negotiations working to retain the plan’s current level of benefits and prevent employers from increasing their profits by eliminating benefits.
Despite the willingness of NYSNA’s trustees to discuss the issues and reach a fair settlement, little progress had been made as this edition went to press.
In fact, the employers have been aggressive in forwarding proposals that could decimate the plan as members know it, including:
Without an apparent resolution through negotiations, NYSNA has decided to take this matter to arbitration. NYSNA suspects the employer trustees will file for arbitration over their proposal as well. NYSNA will provide more details on this issue to members during inter-regional meetings this spring.