**MEDIA ADVISORY FOR OCTOBER 27 AT 8:00 AM**
NYC nurses are fighting for fair contracts that protect patient care as hospitals fail to provide good jobs to caregivers who put their lives on the line during the COVID-19 pandemic
Actions also took place at Brooklyn Hospital, NY Presbyterian and Mt. Sinai throughout the week
New York, NY - With two-thirds of RNs across the country saying they are planning to leave the profession in the next two years, NYSNA nurses are sounding the alarm on the staffing crisis that has left caregivers burnt out and at their breaking point. Nurses say that hospitals are not doing enough to keep them at the bedside – from safe staffing ratios to good healthcare benefits to competitive pay. NYSNA members at twelve hospitals in New York City, including some of the biggest private hospitals such as Montefiore, Mt. Sinai, and NY-Presbyterian have contracts expiring on Dec. 31. Hospital executives paid themselves millions in sky-high salaries and bonuses during the pandemic at the same time they hiked hospital prices. Nurses are calling for their bosses to invest in hiring and retaining enough nurses to keep their patients safe.
WHAT/WHO: NYSNA RNs at Montefiore speak out about staffing crisis and fight for fair contracts, along with allies including New York State Assemblymember Latoya Joyner, New York State Assemblymember Nathalia Fernandez, New York City Councilmember Marjorie Velazquez, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, New York Immigration Coalition, Castle Hill Tenants Association, and New York Renews Coalition.
WHEN: TODAY, Friday, October 28 at 8 AM in the Bronx
WHERE: Montefiore, 1825 Eastchester Road in the Bronx
More than 30,000 NYSNA members around New York state are currently in bargaining. NYSNA nurses and healthcare professionals at three Northwell Health facilities on Long Island will also be participating in the week of action for fair contracts.
NYSNA nurses are part of a national movement. Members voted to affiliate with National Nurses United, uniting the voices of 42,000 NYSNA RNs with the 180,000 members of NNU across the nation. This is the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that so many nurses will be bargaining for their profession and their patients. Nurses are coming together like never before because they are exhausted and demanding change from New York’s hospitals. They are uniting with labor, community, and political allies and are ready to do whatever it takes to win fair contracts that improve patient care, strengthen the nursing workforce, and uplift communities.
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.