TENTATIVE AGREEMENT REACHED AT NYC ALLIANCE HOSPITALS

 UPDATE!

April 12, 2019

Click here for a summary of the global tentative agreement. 

April 9, 2019

ATTN RNS: AGREEMENT REACHED

Early this morning a tentative agreement (TA) was reached with the formerly "Alliance" New York City hospitals of Mount Sinai, Mount Sinai West, St. Luke's, New York Presbyterian, and Montefiore. 

The TA includes a $100 million commitment for additional staffing, allowing for hundreds of additional nurses to be hired in these hospitals.
A detailed summary will follow, but highlights of the TA include:

Enforceable Staffing Ratios: We have finally achieved the goal of having staffing ratios spelled out in the contract with a meaningful enforcement mechanism. This sets a standard not just for New York, but for the nation.
Four Year Agreement: Our agreement ensures staffing, security, and strength for the next four years, expiring Dec. 31, 2022.
Industry Leading Wage Increases: With minimum wage increases of three percent (3%) in each year of the contract including retro, we have secured industry leading wages for our profession.
Retiree Health Benefits: For all facilities, we were able to achieve benefits, allowing members to maintain health benefits after early retirement (subject to key conditions).

Several other agreements were reached on priority issues at the local bargaining tables. This agreement was only achieved through the unity of thousands of nurses, exercising our power to win for our patients, our communities, and ourselves. 

This agreement is subject to ratification. Stay tuned for the official ratification vote schedule at all hospitals. Please feel free to print out this leaflet to distribute. 

March 22, 2019

ATTN RNS: MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH
We have a starting point in negotiations

NO STRIKE 4/2 BUT STAY STRIKE READY

Today, with a new NYC based neutral mediator brought in emergently, management made an opening proposal on staffing. Thanks to you, our unity and strength forced management to make the following opening proposal with a proviso that we postpone our strike notice to give them more time. They chose not to fund the replacement staffing agencies and instead committed to putting that money toward additional staffing that will be reflected in our contract.

INCREDIBLE EVIDENCE OF MEMBER POWER. We remain committed to communicating your strength and priorities.


 

March 19, 2019

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

NYSNA RNs at Mount Sinai, Montefiore and New York Presbyterian Hospital Systems  announced an April 2nd strike date and the offical '10-day' notice of intent to strike has been delivered. 

Hospitals refuse to hire enough bedside caregivers forcing nurses to care for up to 19 patients at once. When this happens, our patients suffer. 

We are patient advocates and we are raising a red flag. 

We do NOT want to strike, but are determined to make changes that will guarantee SAFE STAFFING to take care of our patients. 

Safe staffing saves lives. This is a matter of life or death.

Nurses refuse to be silent despite the hospital systems' attempts to stop us from expressing our views and their failure to provide us basic staffing information. 

More than 97 percent of nurses across the three hospital systems voted earlier this month to authorize a strike. 

Press Coverage


Hospital nurses demand safe staffing levels (NY Times)

Registered nurses set April 2 strike date at 3 New York City hospital systems (ABC News)

Nurses union gives 10-day strike notice to major health systems (Crain’s New York) 

New York City workers from 3 health systems to strike April 2 (Becker’s Hospital Review) 

Strike affecting 10,000 New York City nurses to begin April 2 (Pix 11)

Nurses At 3 NYC Hospital Systems Set Strike Date Over Staff Shortages (WCBS 880)  

Nurses at 3 NYC hospitals threaten to strike (Politico New York) 

City nurses set strike date of April 2 over staffing concerns(AM New York)

10,000 NYC nurses are about to go on strike over understaffing (Vice News) 

Nurses At 3 NYC Hospitals Threaten Strike For Safe Staffing (Patch)

Strike Affecting 10,000 Nurses Looms in New York City (The Fairfield Sun Times) 

TV Coverage

 ABC 7 can be viewed here

 NBC 4 can be viewed here

 News 12 Westchester can be viewed here

 NY1 Spectrum at 3:30pm can be viewed here

 NY1 Spectrum at 6:30am can be viewed here

 Pix 11 can be viewed here

 News 12 The Bronx can be viewed here

 News 12 Brooklyn can be viewed here

 Fox 4 News can be viewed here  

 WNBC can be viewed here

 Fox 5 can be viewed here 


 Letters of Support:

 


 March 7, 2019 

Registered nurses overwhelmingly vote to authorize a strike affecting more than 10,000 registered nurses in New York City at three hospital systems: Mt. Sinai, Presbyterian and Montefiore.

Last month, reports were released documenting approximately 3,800 “Protests of Assignment” signed by over 20,000 nurses in 2018 alone from the three hospital systems. The reports detailed conditions inside the facilities and showed there aren’t enough nurses to give patients the care they need and deserve. Additional news reports clearly highlighted disturbing conditions, including patients left on stretchers in hallways for days at a time with no privacy because of a lack of staff and space.

Hospital management has not addressed any of these issues. Instead, management has denied us the information we need to fight for the nurses and patients at the bargaining table, refused to bargain over key issues, and attempted to silence nurses who are advocating for their patients. 

We do not want to strike, but we are saying enough is enough because we need to fight for our patients when no one else will. An official 10-day notice of intent to strike is expected this month. Below are just a few of the thousands of stories from the reports: 

  • Health & Safety; Insufficient # of Staff & High Acuity:  Pediatric ED understaffed such that there is more than a 3.5 to 6 hour wait time to see a provider, more than 20 patients holding in triage area, no RN screener, patients pulling out IV and multiple attempts to bite, kick, scratch, and punch staff. Census 68, only 6 RNs.
  • High Patient Acuity, Insufficient # Qualified Staff, Violation of Staffing Ratios: On NICU, we have 2 orientee RNs, and 2 CPAP baby, 4 CPAP babies with IV and ABTs, 3 babies with IV antibiotic and glucose checks every 3 hours. Our bed capacity is 35 and we are over with a census of 44. Only 3 RNs on duty. Parents need personal attention/education.
  • Insufficient # of Staff, High Acuity:  Unit census was 21 at start of shift with 2 admissions to be received. Now census is 26 with an additional 2 patients en route. A total of 11 admissions will be received on this shift. No CNAs on floor. 1 ventilated patient, 2 with trach, 1 on restraints, 3 isolations, multiple incontinent patients, 3 pressure ulcers, 1 blood transfusion, all call bells ringing but nurses are busy with admissions, over 20 patients on fall risk.
  • Health and Safety: Insufficient space, hallway patients, patients stacked in rows, unable to access patients in a timely manner, temp in ED 76 degrees on west side, air conditioning not working on East side and area is very hot and uncomfortable, inadequate ventilation, unable to comply with appropriate infection control. Patients waiting days to get a bed and aggressive to staff. 

Nurse are also proudly joining the chorus of healthcare workers, public health officials, and others calling for a stop to budget cuts to critical healthcare needs, including Medicaid and other funding for people in need.

To support nurses in this struggle, and for the most up to date information, call: 844-82-NYSNA.

 

PRESS COVERAGE

Registered nurses at 3 New York City hospital systems threaten to strike (ABC)

Thousands of NYC Nurses Could Soon Be Going On Strike (WCBS News Radio)

Nurses to vote today on strike authorization (Crain’s New York)

Monte Nurses Protest Overcrowding Issues (Bronx Times)

New York City RNs authorize strike health systems, 10,000 nurses (Becker’s Hospital Review)

NYC nurses threaten to strike over hospital overcrowding (NY Daily News)

NYC nurses authorize strike amid reports of ‘horrendous conditions’ patients deal with (Pix 11)

Fox 5 can be viewed here

NY1 can be viewed here and here

1010WINS can be listened to here

 

 


  

BY HUGE MARGIN, NURSES ACROSS NYC AUTHORIZE A STRIKE!

  • After thousands of POAs
  • After hundreds of nurses testifying about our staffing concerns
  • After dozens of negotiating sessions
  • After giant informational pickets at hospitals all across the city

NURSES ARE READY TO TAKE ACTION TO DEFEND OUR PATIENTS, OUR COMMUNITY, AND OUR PRACTICE.

 The votes are in. Registered nurses atNewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Montefiore, Mt. Sinai, Mt. Sinai West, and St. Luke’s have voted by 97% to authorize a strike. The final combined tally is 8533 “yes” to 230 “no.” 

Management must come together now to settle a contract that protects patient care.#RNStrikeReady #SafeStaffingNow

 


 

It's impossible to capture in a single post the extraordinary impact of what New York nurses were able to pull off. We picketed thirteen hospital sites from Bronx to Brooklyn, representing 13,000 registered nurses. Our message was clear: management needs to bargain in good faith to provide our community with the care our patients deserve.

WATCH OUR VIDEO! 

Special thanks to our labor, community, and elected leaders who came out in solidarity, including: New York State AFL-CIONew York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO several locals of CWA District 1Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)Hotel Trades CouncilDistrict Council 1707, AFSCME1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers EastNew York TeamstersNew York Professional Nurses UnionAmalgamated Transit Union (ATU)OPEIU - Office and Professional Employees International UnionGABRIELA USANorthwest Bronx Community & Clergy CoalitionKarines ReyesJumaane D. WilliamsBrian BarnwellAssemblymember Mathylde FrontusLaurie CumboRory LancmanAssemblyman Jeffrey DinowitzAssemblywoman Maritza DavilaMichael BlakeAssemblywoman Nathalia FernandezThomas P. DiNapoliCouncil Member Andrew CohenCouncil Member Francisco MoyaEric AdamsKirsten John Foy  and several others that we inadvertently must have missed. Without our allies, this isn't possible.

Take a look though our photo album and appreciate all these bright, beautiful faces!

We received coverage from virtually every local news outlet throughout the five boroughs. Check out a sample of the stories below. 

Press Coverage:

CBS: Nurses across NYC Protest Reported Poor Working Conditions 

Fox 5 New York: Nurses across NYC push for mandated staffing law 

El Diario: Nurses protest in claim of better working conditions

News 12 Bronx: Thousands of nurses protest hospital conditions

Spectrum News: Why Thousands of NYC Nurses are Picketing Wednesday

Watch TV Coverage from Good Day New York, News 12 Brooklyn, Pix 11, WMBC, Spectrum NY1, and Listen to Radio Coverage from 1010 WINS


 Bargaining Resources

The linked document was presented to all Alliance Hospitals, although similar common demands are being presented at all NYC hospitals in negotiations. 

What does RESPECT mean to these nurses? 

Read the latest Update HERE! 

Watch how NYSNA's Montefiore Bargaining Committee prepares to make contract presentations to management. We are placing patients first. 

Watch and learn about NYP bargaining efforts from nurses and organizers. 

Watch members from Mt. Sinai Hospital negotiate for a better contract.

Further updates by facility and date:

The Hutch Strike Authorization

HHA Strike Authorization

Westchester Strike Authorization

CMO Strike Authorization

Moses Strike Authorization

Montefiore Strike Authorization

FHMC 4/16

FHMC 4/12

TBHC 4/10

BCHC 4/3

TBHC 4/8

BLHC 3/6

WHMC 3/6

RUMC 3/6

IMC 3/6

KJMC 3/6

MMC 3/6

TBHC 3/6

TBHC 2.21

MMC 2/14

KJMC 2/6

Sign the pledge to join an informational picket on February 13th outside of your facility! 

IMC 1/31

MMC 1/29

FHMC 1/16

MMC 1/15

BLHC 1/14

NYP- Issue #7 1/11

MSH- Issue #7 1/11

Montefiore- Issue #7 1/11

SLW- Issue #7 1/11

Wyckoff 1/10

TBHC 1/9

BCHC 1/7

Private Sector Bargining Update #2

BCHC 12/20

MMC 12/19

KJMC 12/10

TBHC 12/3

BCHC Kick Off 11/26

Wyckoff 11/19

TBHC 11/14

FHMC 11/8

Wyckoff 10/23

MMC 10/22

TBHC 10/12

IMC 10/12

KJMC 10/10

Wyckoff 10/4

General October Update

TBHC 9/28

TBHC 8/15

 

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