Dear NYSNA Member,
On Friday we got incredible news: SUNY withdrew the closure plan for Long Island College Hospital. LICH is staying open for care!
Through rain, sleet, and snow, nurses have fought every day for months to save Long Island College Hospital. And we won!
I want to thank each and every one of you for never giving up hope that we could win this fight.
Our voice is stronger and more united than ever. We’ll stay vigilant to keep Brooklyn hospitals like LICH and Interfaith open for care.
And let’s use our strength to win safe nurse-to-patient ratios.
Get on the bus on May 21 to Albany to to tell our lawmakers we need safe staffing ratios. CLICK HERE to sign up if you haven’t already. And spread the word to every nurse you know!
I am so proud to be a part of this incredible movement for patient care with nurses like you.
We said all along it would take a powerful coalition of caregivers, patients, neighbors, small business owners, community leaders, and lawmakers to keep LICH open for care.
And that’s exactly what we built. We are so grateful to everyone who has worked to keep LICH open: The caregivers of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Concerned Physicians for LICH, Governor Cuomo, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly members Joan Millman and Dick Gottfried, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, District Leader Jo Anne Simon, and City Council members Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Letitia James, and Maria Carmen del Arroyo — among many more.
We got to know and work with with some truly incredible community organizations: New York Communities for Change, the Commission on the Public’s Health System, Save Our Safety Net Coalition, Red Hook Initiative, National Action Network and Rev. Al Sharpton, Brooklyn Heights Association, Cobble Hill Association, Carroll Gardens Association, Friends of Sunset Park, Willowtown Association, and many more.
This is exactly the kind of coalition we’ll need to win safe RN staffing. We look forward to working with all of you to protect and expand healthcare access in our communities.
If you haven’t heard already, I’m sad to let you know that hundreds of factory workers were killed last week in Bangladesh when the building housing their garment factories collapsed.
These workers, many in their early twenties, sewed clothes for big name U.S. brands sold at Wal-Mart, the Gap, and H&M.
Bangladeshi workers reacted swiftly: hundreds of thousands took to the streets to rescue their colleagues and protest against the attacks on their unions. Their message is our message: safe workplaces require strong unions.
You can read more about this tragedy here. I hope you’ll join me in signing this petition to some of the biggest retailers, calling on them to stop attacking unions and enforce humane workplace safety in factories they use. This kind of tragedy can never happen again.
More than 200 concerned neighbors, union brothers and sisters, and patients joined NYSNA RNs in Olean to light a candle for safe staffing last week.
These community members are joining our campaign for safe staffing at Olean General Hospital. One passerby commented, “I want you to know that I support you and it’s time someone spoke out.”
“This is not about money,” said Kris Powell, RN, president of NYSNA’s Olean chapter. “This is about the patient in the bed.” Powell has been a nurse at OGH for more than twenty years.
New Yorkers are marching for Labor Rights, Immigrant Rights, and Jobs for All. And NYSNA will be there as we march from Union Square to City Hall, this Wednesday, May 1, starting at 4:30 PM.
May 1 is the International Day of Worker Solidarity, and millions of working people around the world will be marching, too.
NYSNA’s contingent will assemble at 4:30 PM at Union Square (rally point - Union Square West at 15th Street — look for the NYSNA banners). We will then join the march to City Hall. For more info, contact Nastaran Mohit, NYSNA Political and Community Organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org or John Pietaro at email@example.com.
NYSNA members at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital are picking up our picket signs to fight for safe staffing levels and a strong contract.
We need a strong contract to recruit new caregivers at our hospital and guarantee strong patient care for years to come.
Join us for this informational picket this Thursday, May 2, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, 75 Beekman St. in Plattsburgh.
Long Island NYSNA members are coming together for a special Nurses’ Week Inter-regional meeting. And I’m looking forward to meeting you there!
Join your fellow Long Island NYSNA members and discuss what we can do to win safe staffing, Thursday, May 9 at 6:00 PM, at the Smithtown Landing Country Club, 495 Landing Ave., Smithtown.
A buffet dinner will be served, but you must RSVP. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.800.724.6976, ext. 277. Be sure to list your name and your facility.
Public sector hospitals are a critical healthcare safety net for New Yorkers — in big cities and small towns like Massena in the North Country.
NYSNA and CSEA members turned out in force to a public forum to speak out against privatizing Massena Memorial Hospital. We raised some serious doubts about privatizing the hospital, and we’ll keep speaking up to keep our town’s public hospital working for the public good.
NYSNA members are fighting to defend our public sector hospitals against privatization and sub-contracting: at HHC, Westchester Medical Center, and now in Massena.
HHC RNs are uniting for safe staffing, safety on the job, and healthcare for all.
Our HHC system is the safety net for millions of New Yorkers. We need to expand and defend our flagship public hospital system.
Join our movement. Text “HHC” to 877-877 and we’ll send you campaign updates on your cell phone. Do it now — our patients are counting on us.
Jill Furillo, RN
NYSNA Executive Director
The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for hundreds of thousands of frontline nurses. We are New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses.