NYSNA nurses have been sending their support and solidarity with our union siblings at the Minnesota Nurses Association. Over 15,000 Minnesota nurses across 15 hospitals held a three-day strike beginning September 12 to demand safe staffing, strong nurse retention plans, and safe working conditions.
The strike was the largest private-sector nurses’ strike in U.S. history, and it comes as the country has seen a surge in union and labor organizing. ABC Nightline highlights the strike as one of the latest examples of workers across industries rising up for their rights such as teachers, factory workers, baristas, and more.
NYSNA President Nancy Hagans, RN, and our members at Montefiore Health System, NewYork-Presbyterian and Mount Sinai Hospital shared video messages in solidarity. NYSNA nurses support MNA nurses because we know more than anyone that nurses deserve a fair contract and that patients deserve safe staffing. The pandemic has shown that nurses nationwide face the same issues and challenges at work. There is power in solidarity and we are always ready to support Minnesota nurses’ fight for respect and a fair contract.