The New York Nurses Union announces plans to strike and sends notices to eight hospitals across New York



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According to a press release from the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), about 16,000 unionized nurses at eight New York City hospitals have announced their intention to go on strike beginning Jan. 9 unless a new contract agreement is reached by then.

“NYSNA will continue negotiations through Jan. 9 in hopes of reaching agreements,” their press release reads.

The 10-day notice period for the eight hospitals gives hospitals time to plan patient care in the event a strike begins, the union said.

Nearly 99% of union members last week voted to authorize the strike, which would affect seven hospitals in all five boroughs of the city.

“Strike is always the last resort,” NYSNA President and Nurse Nancy Hagans said in a press release last week. “Nurses have been to hell and back, risking our lives to save our patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, sometimes without the PPE we needed to protect ourselves and too often without enough staff for one safe patient care.”

The union says hospitals are not doing enough to keep nurses with patients and they say hospitals need to invest in hiring and retaining nurses to improve patient care.

“Some of our colleagues have died, others will face the effects of Long-Covid in the years to come,” Hagans said. “A lot of us have PTSD. We are all fed up and exhausted.”

The New York-Presbyterian Hospital System said in a statement to CNN that they hope they can reach a “fair and reasonable contractual agreement.” Three of their hospitals would be affected by a strike.

“We respect and value all of our nurses, who play a central role in providing the exceptional care that NewYork-Presbyterian is known for,” the hospital system said in a statement. “We continue to hope that union leadership shares our commitment to a fair and reasonable contract agreement and we will continue to negotiate in good faith.”

A spokeswoman for Mount Sinai Health System said they value their nurses and regularly post negotiations on this website.

“Our goal is to reach an agreement that will continue to provide our valued caregivers with competitive compensation and benefits, and ensure a safe, supportive work environment that allows them to provide a… to provide exceptional care.”

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