Tag: Safe Staffing

UPDATE: At 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, we ended our 24-hour strike at Terence Cardinal Cooke against unfair labor practices and for Safe Staffing.

NYSNA RNs at Terence Cardinal Cooke are raising the alarm about unsafe staffing and illegal employer practices at their facility. Please join us on Friday, August 15th to show solidarity and give support during our one-day strike.

NYSNA RNs at Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center (TCC) in East Harlem have fought for 8 months to improve staffing for our patients. ArchCare, the corporation that runs TCC under the auspices of the Archdiocese, has refused to bargain over any proposals that address staffing.

While ArchCare has refused to engage in bargaining about quality patient care and safe staffing, they have also broken the law – they have threatened to stop contributions to the Pension Fund and to the Benefit Fund, putting healthcare benefits and pensions at risk. They have refused to give relevant information about staffing and other issues during bargaining. And they have withheld RNs’ 2014 experience step increase. ArchCare has committed Unfair Labor Practices in an attempt to force RNs to give up our campaign for safe staffing.

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On some nights, Peng He, an RN at Terence Cardinal Cooke Hospital, says only one RN is left to care for patients on the subacute unit. "How can one person cover dozens of bedside calls at once? Every night I worry about my patients."

Peng and 90 of her NYSNA brothers and sisters at TCC are preparing for a 24-hour strike to protest unsafe staffing levels and illegal employer activities. The strike is set to start at 7 a.m. this Friday, August 15.

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