NYC Health+Hospitals/Mayorals: Resolution to continue to fight to make Black Lives Matter

On Wednesday, June 3, the NYC Health+Hospitals/Mayorals Executive Council passed a resolution condemning the murder of George Floyd. They also announced that NYSNA members at H+H/Mayorals will organize actions to remember George Floyd and a show of solidarity with the movement for Black lives on Tuesday, June 9, the day of George Floyd’s funeral.

Since that time, leaders at several other NYSNA facilities have also passed resolutions condemning the murder of George Floyd and calling for actions at NYSNA hospitals around New York. Below we are keeping a list of the resolutions from local bargaining units.


Whereas, George Floyd was murdered in cold blood by Minneapolis police officers and this has sparked an important national movement to end systematic racialized violence committed by the police, and

Whereas, the nurses of NYC Health+Hospitals have also seen our family members and our patients subjected to similar instances of racist abuse at the hands of police officers, and

Whereas, systemic racism is being revealed in our criminal justice system through a renewed national discussion compelled by the current movement, as public hospital nurses we also have seen firsthand how Black lives are also being devalued in our healthcare system here in NYC, and so,

Therefore, be it resolved, that the NYSNA nurses at NYC Health+Hospitals stand in solidarity with the current movement to end police violence and make a reality the self-evident truth that Black Lives Matter, and

Therefore, be it also resolved, that the NYSNA nurses at NYC Health+Hospitals will organize a city-wide day of remembrance, outrage, and justice on Tuesday, June 9th at all 11 major H&H facilities and other healthcare settings where possible, in solidarity with family of George Floyd, and

Therefore, be it also resolved, that the NYSNA nurses at NYC Health+Hospitals will continue to fight to make Black Lives Matter in healthcare by a) stopping horrific budget cuts to safety-net healthcare institutions like NYC Health and Hospitals, b) fighting against all disparities in healthcare such that disproportionately affect Black lives such as discriminate pain control, sickle cell care and the profound lack of mental healthcare and c) fighting for more resources for NYC Health and Hospitals so that NYC's healthcare system will be better prepared to handle the next wave of COVID-19 and decrease Black mortality through more testing and tracing and more effective treatment of underlying conditions. 


NYSNA Local Bargaining Units in support of the Resolution

Statement from Mt. Sinai Morningside/Mt. Sinai West Executive Committee

We, the members of NYSNA’s Executive Committee at Mount Sinai Morningside and West Hospitals, stand in solidarity with our colleagues from NYC Health+Hospitals. We have also seen firsthand the devastating effects of systemic racism on our family members and our patients.

Therefore, be it resolved, that the NYSNA nurses at Mount Sinai Morningside and West stand in solidarity with the current movement to end police violence and to make a reality the self-evident truth that Black Lives Matter.

Syosset Hospital Northwell Health

Whereas, George Floyd was murdered in cold blood by Minneapolis police officers, and this has sparked an important national movement to end systematic racialized violence committed by the police.

Whereas, nurses have also seen our family members and our patients subjected to similar instances of racist abuse at the hands of police officers.

Whereas, systemic racism is being revealed in our criminal justice system, through a renewed national discussion compelled by the current movement.

Therefore, be it resolved, that the NYSNA nurses at Syosset Hospital stand in solidarity with the current movement to end police violence and make a reality the self-evident truth that Black Lives Matter.

— Syosset Hospital Executive Committee and Delegates

Montefiore NYSNA Statement of Support to H+H and the Fight to End Systemic Racism

“The NYSNA nurses of Montefiore honor George Floyd's life, and commemorate the lives of so many Black and Brown people murdered at the hands of the police.”

“On June 9, 2020, we gather in solemn remembrance and wear black to express our mourning as we reaffirm our commitment to ending police violence and white supremacy. We do so in accord with our NYSNA sisters and brothers from the H+H public hospitals and many other hospital systems across New York state.”

“George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police. His death was the spark that has led to activism nationwide calling to end systematic violence committed by the police.”

“NYSNA nurses at Montefiore have also seen our family members and our patients subjected to racist abuse at the hands of police officers. As nurses caring for the Bronx, we have seen firsthand how Black lives are devalued, by our employer and throughout our health care system.”

“Systemic racism is shot through our criminal justice system, our education system, our housing system, and our health care system. We are in solidarity with everyone who works to challenge and dismantle these systems of oppression. We affirm what should have never been in question — Black Lives Matter.”

“We support the Health+Hospitals nurses and join together in a citywide day of remembrance, outrage, and justice on Tuesday, June 9. We join the call to end the long-standing inequalities in healthcare funding that disadvantage public hospitals and other systems that serve Black communities, to fight against budget cuts and hospital closures that target majority Black communities like Mt Vernon, and pledge to challenge our employers and government to devote the resources and planning necessary to stem the horrific Black mortality we experienced in the first wave of the COVID-19 crisis. Together, we are one union.”

Preamble, The New Jewish Home

Whereas, George Floyd was murdered in cold blood by Minneapolis police officers, and this has sparked a significant national movement to end systematic racialized violence committed by the police.

Whereas, the nurses of The New Jewish Home have also seen our family members and our patients subjected to similar instances of racist abuse at the hands of police officers.

Whereas, systemic racism is being revealed in our criminal justice system through a renewed national discussion compelled by the current movement, as public hospital nurses, we also have seen firsthand how Black lives are also being devalued in our healthcare system here in NYC.

Therefore, be it resolved, that the NYSNA nurses at The New Jewish Home, stand in solidarity with the current movement to end police violence and make a reality the self-evident truth that Black Lives Matter, and

Therefore, be it also resolved, that the NYSNA nurses at The New Jewish Home support the Health+Hospitals organizing a citywide day of remembrance, outrage, and justice on Tuesday, June 9 at all 11 major H+H facilities and other healthcare settings where possible, in solidarity with the family of George Floyd, and

Therefore, be it also resolved, that the NYSNA nurses at The New Jewish Home will stand hand in hand with Health+Hospitals fight to make Black Lives Matter in healthcare by a) stopping horrific budget cuts to safety-net healthcare institutions like NYC Health+Hospitals and Long Term Care facilities like ours, b) fighting against all disparities in healthcare such that disproportionately affect Black lives such as discriminate pain control, sickle cell care and the profound lack of mental healthcare and c) fighting for more resources for NYC Health+Hospitals and Long Term Care facilities so that NYC's healthcare system will be better prepared to handle the next wave of COVID-19 and decrease Black mortality through more testing and tracing and more effective treatment of underlying conditions.

LIJ Valley Stream Hospital/Northwell Health supports the H+H Resolution to end Racial Disparity

Whereas, George Floyd was murdered in cold blood by Minneapolis police officers and this has sparked an important national movement to end systematic rodalized violence committed by the police.

Whereas, the nurses of NYC Health+Hospitals have also seen our family members and our patients subjected to similar instances of racist abuse at the hands of police officers.

Whereas, systemic racism is being revealed in our criminal justice system through a renewed national discussion compelled by the current movement, as public hospital nurses we also have seen firsthand how Black lives are also being devalued in our healthcare system here in NYC.

Therefore, be it resolved, that the NYSNA nurses at NYC Health+Hospitals stand in solidarity with the current movement to end police violence and make a reality the self-evident truth that Black Lives Matter, and

Therefore, be it also resolved, that the NYSNA nurses at NYC Health+Hospitals will organize a city-wide day of remembrance, outrage, and justice on Tuesday, June 9th at 11AM. All major H+H facilities and other healthcare settings where possible, in solidarity with the family of George Floyd, and

Therefore, be it also resolved, that the NYSNA nurses at NYC Health+Hospitals will continue to fight to make Black Lives Matter in healthcare by a) stopping horrific budget cuts to safety-net healthcare institutions like NYC Health+Hospitals, b) fighting against all disparities in healthcare such that disproportionately affect Black lives such as discriminate pain control, sickle cell care and the profound lack of mental healthcare and c) fighting for more resources for NYC Health + Hospitals so that NYC's healthcare system will be better prepared to handle the next wave of COVID-19 and decrease Black mortality through more testing and tracing and more effective treatment of underlying conditions.

Plainview Hospital/Northwell Health NYSNA Executive Committee Statement and Resolution

Whereas, George Floyd was murdered in cold blood by Minneapolis police officers and this has sparked an important national movement to end systematic racial injustice and violence committed by the police, and

Whereas, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Walter Scott, Alton Sterling, John Crawford III, Antonio Martin, Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Ryan Twyman and so many more (from other backgrounds) have been taken from this world by violence based on the color of their skin or where they come from and a culture of racism and bias, and

Whereas, the systemic racism is being revealed in our criminal justice system through a renewed national discussion compelled by the current movement, and

Whereas, the blatant disregard of human life by several police officers across this nation has not only brought to light the need for change in police tactics and more education in ways to deescalate situations without resorting to violence, but the actions of a few have tarnished the badge of all those officers who serve and protec while building relationships with the Communities they serve and putting them and others in harms way.

Therefore, be it resolved, that the NYSNA Executive Committee and nurses at Plainview Hospital stand in solidarity with the current movement to end police violence and make a reality the self-evident truth that Black Lives Matter. As nurses, we treat ALL persons equally, without bias, centered in caring for their whole body’s health and wellness, and

Therefore, be it also resolved, that the NYSNA Executive Committee and nurses at Plainview Hospital participated in a hospital wide moment of silence for justice, peace and anti-racism on Friday, June 5 at 1:00 PM and took a knee for 8.43 minutes on Thursday, June 11 in honor of ALL the lives lost through violence of racism, and

Therefore, be it also resolved, that the NYSNA Executive Committee and nurses at Plainview Hospital are a diverse group of healthcare professionals who serve all different cultures and races. The true spirit of Nursing is embodied by the duty to serve and care for ALL, regardless of color, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual identity, gender or creed and we will continue to fight to make Black Lives Matter in healthcare by a) stopping horrific budget cuts to safety-net healthcare institutions, b) fighting against all disparities in healthcare and the profound lack of mental healthcare and c) fightingfor more resources for hospitals so that NYS’s healthcare system will be better prepared to handle the next wave of COVID-19 and decrease Black mortality through more testing and tracing and more effective treatment of underlying conditions.

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center NYSNA Executive Committee Statement and Resolution

Whereas, George Floyd was murdered in cold blood by Minneapolis police officers and this has sparked an important national movement to end systematic racial injustice and violence committed by the police, and

Whereas, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Walter Scott, Alton Sterling, John Crawford III, Antonio Martin, Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Ryan Twyman and so many more (from other backgrounds) have been taken from this world by violence based on the color of their skin or where they come from and a culture of racism and bias, and

Whereas, the systemic racism is being revealed in our criminal justice system through a renewed national discussion compelled by the current movement, and

Whereas, the blatant disregard of human life by several police officers across this nation has not only brought to light the need for change in police tactics and more education in ways to deescalate situations without resorting to violence, but the actions of a few have tarnished the badge of all those officers who serve and protec while building relationships with the Communities they serve and putting them and others in harms way.

Therefore, be it resolved, that the NYSNA Executive Committee and nurses at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center stand in solidarity with the current movement to end police violence make a reality the self-evident truth that Black Lives Matter. As nurses we teat ALL persons equally, without bias, centered in caring for their whole body's health and wellness, and

Therefore, be it also resolved, that the NYS Executive Committee and nurses at St Catherine of Siena Medical Center will organize a hospital wide moment of silence for justice, peace and anti racism, on Wednesday, June 17th at 11:00 AM, in honor of St. Benedict the Moor who himself faced down racism and for all the lives Los through violence of racism, and

Therefore, be it also resolved, that the NYSNA Executive Committee and nurses at St Catherine of Siena Medical Center are a diverse group of health care professionals who serve ALL different cultures and races. The true spirit of Nursing is embodied by the duty to serve and care for ALL, regardless of color, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual identity, gender or creed and we will continue to fight lo make Black Lives Matter in healthcare by a) stopping horrific budget cuts to safety-net healthcare institutions and the profound lack of mental healthcare and b) fighting for more resources for hospitals so that NYS's healthcare system will be better prepared to handle the next wave of COVID-19 and decrease Black mortality through more testing and tracing and more effective treatment of underlying conditions.

Southside Hospital/Northwell Health Statement and Resolution

While we may at times feel despair at the frequency of such tragic events, and while we might struggle with how to successfully address racism, We are certain that we can begin by being compassionate, supportive and fully inclusive in our programs and in our actions. Let’s commit to an intentional and unwavering effort to see one another as true partners, consistent with our Principles of Community — kindness, respect, collaboration and accountability — and our core values of diversity, distinction and discovery. — Christina Blau, RN Southside LBU President

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