Our bargaining kickoff took place on September 22 with leaders representing nearly 18,000 NYSNA members from hospitals around New York City. NYSNA is hard at work coordinating bargaining schedules this fall.
Key to our plan to win is bargaining for common core proposals. As we establish these proposals, we plan to make them central to what nurses need to protect our profession and our patients. Common cores are critical values for interacting with the communities we serve and this should be reflected in our contracts.
What are the Common Core Proposals? They are key values we all share and include:
- Safe Staffing Ratios
- Addressing Workplace Violence and Protecting Health & Safety
- Across the Board Wage Increases
- Improved and Expanded Health Benefits
- Real Retiree Health Benefits
- Expanded Tuition Reimbursement
- Childcare or Elder Care
- Paid Family Leave
- And more!
On September 27, we took another important step forward. While it pertained directly to the “Big 4”—Montefiore, Mt. Sinai, Mt. Sinai West and St. Luke’s Roosevelt, NewYork-Presbyterian (now referred to as “The Alliance”), it will impact all New York nurses at their bargaining tables. As these contracts are won, these standards are reinforced in all our hospitals across the state.