Join NYSNA at the People's Climate March, Sunday, September 21.
Hurricane Sandy showed us a glimpse of the future, and it was scary. Four hospitals were shut down for months. Patients were stranded in their homes without electricity, running water, and medication. Traditional relief organizations were slow to respond, and caregivers like us had to help fill in the gaps. As the climate heats up, storms like Sandy are going to become more and more frequent. It's time for action.
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.
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.
Let’s give a big welcome to our newest NYSNA sisters and brothers – the Certified RN Anesthetists at Mt. Sinai! On Friday the National Labor Relations Board certified the CRNAs' vote to join NYSNA.
“I am so proud to be part of this historical change at Mount Sinai – and honored to be part of a group of strong CRNAs standing up for change,” said Mary Jo Krauel, a Mt. Sinai CRNA and one of our newest NYSNA members. “Stand up for our values! Stand up with pride side by side with all nurses! Together we made history, and opened a door for other advanced practice nurses to have a collective voice!”
What would happen to our patients if they suddenly lost their access to water? That nightmare scenario is becoming reality in Detroit, where the anti-union governor has started shutting off the water for more than 100,000 Detroit people.
UPDATE from the campaign to stop Detroit water shutoffs: a judge has ordered a 15 day moratorium on shutoffs! We need to keep building our movement -- coast-to-coast -- to stop the attack on our patients and our communities. We're proud to stand with Michigan nurses to stop the shutoffs.
Under the rule of an unelected Emergency Manager, the city has been systematically turning off taps for those who are behind on even the smallest water bills. Families are being separated as parents send their kids out of the city. These shut-offs could be the first step in privatizing the city’s public water services—a gift to the same Wall Street interests that threw Detroit into bankruptcy. For Detroiters, it’s a full-blown healthcare emergency.
Detroiters are speaking up against this outrage. And NYSNA nurses joined them last week at a massive rally.