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New York State Nursing Association Labor News Roundup: NYSNA-Represented Nathan Littauer Hospital Nurses In Gloversville Approve New Contract & Hundreds Of Montefiore Medical Center Nurses To Picket Friday Over Stalled Contract Negotiations

Published Wednesday, November 16, 2011 3:00 pm
by NYSNA State Labor News & WNYLaborToday.com Staff

(GLOVERSVILLE) – New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA)-Represented Registered Nurses (RNs) at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville have overwhelmingly approved a new three-year contract that contains provisions designed to help the Hospital retain experienced RNs and recruit new hires, it was announced today (Wednesday, November 16th).

The RNs believe the contract will help rebuild the strong and collaborative partnership they’ve had with the hospital for several decades, NYSNA Officials said.

Highlights of the agreement, which runs through December 31st, 2013, include:

  • Staffing – Within two months of ratification of this agreement, the vice president of nursing will meet once a month with a joint Labor/Management Committee to discuss staffing issues, with the goal of improving patient care and safety.
  • Compensation – For 2011, each RN will receive a one-time, lump-sum payment of 1% within four weeks after ratification and a 1.75% wage increase.  RNs with 10 or more years of experience will receive an additional 50 cents per hour.  Wages will then increase by 1% each year in 2012 and 2013.
  • Workplace Violence – A Workplace Violence Prevention Policy will be established to include the prevention of domestic violence in the workplace, including training.
  • Health Insurance – Nurses were able to retain their current Health Insurance Benefits, but the Hospital will no longer waive co-pays or deductibles for services obtained at the Hospital.
  • In effort to end this stalemate, the Nurses withdrew their requests for more staffing and agreed to accrue less sick time when the current contract expires.  Although this helped to resolve the conflict, this is the third contract in which the nurses provided givebacks – while during the same time period, the Hospital’s finances have been in the black and executive salaries have increased.  

NYSNA - The Voice For Nursing In The Empire State - represents more than 37,000 Members and is the State's largest professional association and Union for RNs.  NYSNA - which represents RNs and some all-professional bargaining units in New York and New Jersey - also supports Nurses and Nursing Practice through Education, Research, Legislative Advocacy and Collective Bargaining.

 

Hundreds Of Bronx  Montefiore Nurses To Picket  Friday Morning & Afternoon/Nurses Demand Hospital Management Act On Key Issues, Most Notably Safe Staffing & Health Benefits For Nurses

(THE BRONX) – New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA)-Represented Nurses will be on the move Friday at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, where the Nurses have been working without a new contract since December 2010.

Hundreds of Union-Represented Nurses are expected to express their frustration and anger at management’s stall tactics in bargaining at Montefiore Medical Center by picketing not once, but twice, on Friday, in an effort to take their case to their Bronx neighbors.  Nurses are also slated to pass out informational fliers to community residents, Union Officials said.

"This highly-profitable Hospital must address our concerns about safe staffing for our patients," said Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, who serves as President of the Moses Division of the 2,700-Member NYSNA Unit at the Bronx Hospital.  "Like our colleagues at Mount Sinai, Presbyterian and St. Luke's-Roosevelt, we’re telling the Hospitals they must address the needs of their Nurses for improved staffing, and affordable Health Benefits for Nurses, who are on the front lines of care for patients."

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