**MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TODAY, MARCH 15**: Hundreds of Healthcare Workers Picket at CVPH Calling for Safe Staffing and a Fair Contract

Contact: Kristi Barnes | kristi.barnes@nysna.org | 646-853-4489

Nurses and Healthcare Professionals Speak Out About Deteriorating Patient Care Conditions in Emergency Room and Throughout Hospital, Demand CVPH Listen to its Healthcare Heroes

Plattsburgh, N.Y.– Members of the New York State Nurses Association at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) are holding an informational picket in front of the hospital on Tuesday, March 15. Nurses and healthcare professionals are speaking out about the crisis conditions in the emergency room and throughout the hospital. CVPH staff have worked for two years through the COVID-19 pandemic without a contract. They are demanding that CVPH respect labor law and negotiate a fair contract that helps the hospital staff safely and protects quality patient care.

WHO: Nurses and healthcare professionals of the New York State Nurses Association, the Northeastern Central Labor Council, and other labor, community and elected supporters. Speakers include: 


  • Vicki Davis Courson, RN
  • Liz Craigmyle, RN
  • Plattsburgh City Council Member Jaime Canales
  • Kelly Gidman, RN
  • Heather Cartee, RN 

5:00 p.m.

  • Bobbi Jo Otis, RN
  • Kelly Gidman, RN
  • Jason Evans Moore, RN
  • Angela Trombley, President, Northeast Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Cynthia Trudo-Hamilton, RN 
  • Michelle Bushey, Board Member, NYSUT
  • Chris Sweisz, RN 

WHAT: Informational picket for safe staffing and a fair contract 
WHERE: CVPH, Cornelia Street entrance near Draper Ave, Plattsburgh, NY 12901  
WHEN: Tuesday, March 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m.  
            *Press Conferences at Noon and 5:00 p.m.*  
VISUALS: Hundreds of healthcare workers marching, protesting, chanting, and carrying handmade signs. Media availabilities.


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, visit nysna.org.


We are 42,000 nurses working together to win safe staffing, keep hospitals open for care, stop the Wall Street attack on our patients, and win healthcare for all.