For Immediate Release: April 9, 2019
Contact: Carl Ginsburg, firstname.lastname@example.org, 917.405.1060
Tentative agreement calls for the hiring of more than 1,450 nurses
Registered Nurse staffing would be based on staffing ratios included in collective bargaining agreements
Safe Staffing will be enforced by independent neutral party
Tentative Agreement affects more than 10,000 nurses
New York, NY — Members of the New York State Nurses Association announce a tentative agreement with Mount Sinai, Montefiore and New York Presbyterian hospitals systems.
The contract is a four-year agreement that expires on December 31, 2022.
The tentative agreement includes historic staffing ratio language calling for the initial hiring of more than 1450 nurses. The initial hires will include nurses to fill current vacancies, and will also include an additional $100 million dollars to hire nurses for newly added full-time positions. Registered nurse staffing will be based on safe staffing ratios that will be included in the collective bargaining agreements and enforced by an independent neutral party.
The contract also includes across the board wage increases of 3% in each year of the contract and full retro-pay. For all facilities, the contract calls for millions of dollars for retiree health benefits, tuition reimbursement as well as other monetary benefits. The tentative agreement strengthens worker protections including new guidelines to stop workplace violence, a process to improve safe patient handling, and language allowing nurses to aid victims of disasters inside or outside the United States.
The tentative agreement will now go for a full vote by our members.
The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) represents more than 42,000 members in New York State. We are New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses. For more information, please visit nysna.org.