NEW YORK NURSE: November/December 2011
by Mark Genovese
NYSNA turned up the heat on management negotiators at New York’s other major medical centers when it reached agreement with New York-Presbyterian Hospital on a four-year extension to their contract.
The agreement came after more than a year of intense contract negotiations.
NYSNA believes this agreement meets the needs of the 3,000 RNs for affordable health insurance, safer patient staffing, and decent wages for one of the most skilled nurse workforces in the nation.
“As a result of these negotiations, we believe Presbyterian management has gained a better sense of the nurses’ concerns for practice, their families, and their futures,” said Thomas Darby, NYSNA labor representative. “They now understand that the nurses have the right to choose to put money toward benefits rather than salary.”
“Management’s understanding and commitment to address not only health insurance, but staffing and other concerns was essential to settling this contract and avoiding the disruption of a strike,” Darby added.
Highlights of the agreement:
This solution to the health insurance issue was being reviewed at press time by the trustees of the Benefit Fund. Contingency plans were developed during negotiations to ensure the nurses would still have affordable comprehensive health insurance if the employer trustees turned down this provision.