For Immediate Release
Contact: Bernie Mulligan, 518.782.9400, ext. 371
BRONX, Dec. 30, 2011 - The New York State Nurses Association has successfully negotiated a new, four-year contract with Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.
The 2,300 professional registered nurses who work in the hospital made important advances in safer patient staffing, affordable health care, and fair wages, comparable to their colleagues at other New York City unionized hospitals. The nurses had given the hospital a strike notice for Jan. 10, 2012, because of their staffing concerns.
"Our members at Montefiore stood together to get a contract that's good for our patients, our nurses and our families," said Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, president of the Montefiore's Moses Division bargaining unit. "The nurses give their very best every day to patients, and deserve a contract that treats them and their work with dignity and respect."
The contract will provide about 125 new RN positions, salary increases of 7.5 percent over four years, a $750 lump sum payment on ratification and affordable prescription benefits.
The strike notice for Tuesday, Jan. 10, has been withdrawn.
The nurses will vote on the proposed contract in January.
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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