Nyack contract a big win for patient care

The future of patient care in Rockland County is looking brighter, thanks to a new contract just inked by NYSNA RNs at Nyack Hospital.

It was not easy. Across the country, employers are demanding that nurses and our families make big sacrifices. Inequality is on the rise. Nyack execs wanted record cuts in our health benefits.

Imagine what the future of healthcare will look like if employers get their way. Fewer and fewer people will go into the profession of nursing. More nurses will burn out. Veteran nurses will leave. Patient care will suffer.

NYSNA nurses are pushing against that trend. And we won big in Nyack. Nyack RNs will join other NYSNA RNs from across the state in the NYSNA health benefits plan — at no added cost to the RNs and at a savings for the hospital. We also won significant wage increases and reimbursement for continuing education so that we can continue to sharpen our skills.

In December, more than a hundred nurses and community supporters turned out in front of the hospital for a rally for patient care.

NYSNA Executive Director Jill Furillo, RN, congratulated Nyack nurses on our victory: “The strongest protection for patients is a strong nurses’ union with a strong contract. I want to thank the Nyack RNs and everyone who came out to support us. This is a victory for all nurses and patients.”