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1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East & The New York State Nurses Association Respond To Governor Hochul’s 2022 State Of The State Budget Address

Published Thursday, January 20, 2022
by Labor News Services & WNYLaborToday.com Staff
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East & The New York State Nurses Association Respond To Governor Hochul’s 2022 State Of The State Budget Address

(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East and the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) have issued responses to Governor Kathy Hochul’s 2022 State Of The State Budget Address.

1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East President George Gresham, whose Health Care Union represents more than 450,000 Nurses and Caregivers throughout New York State and the states of Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Florida and in Washington, D.C., said:

As we head into the third year of a pandemic that has lasted longer than expected, Governor Hochul’s 2022 State of the State honors the work and sacrifices that 1199 SEIU Members have endured.  We are pleased to see the Governor is making a significant commitment to invest in the current Health Care Workforce, increasing the number of new Workers joining the workforce and moving them along their career pathway.  We are also glad to see industry-wide solutions, including a new portal for potential Health Care Workers and others seeking training.  While we await more details in the budget proposal, we do have key questions about support for vital safety net institutions that have provided life-saving care during this pandemic and about how the need for permanent wage increases will be addressed.

NYSNA, which represents more than 42,000 Members across the State and is New York’s largest Union and Professional Association for Registered Nurses, issued the following statement:

Governor Hochul’s Executive Budget recognizes the need to bolster the broader health care system and address the intense pressures of the COVID-19 crisis on the Health Care Workers.  

We are encouraged that the proposed budget includes substantial investments in efforts to expand the workforce and to recruit and retain Nurses and other Front Line Workers. 

NYSNA is still reviewing the specific budget legislation, but believes that the final enacted budget must effectively address the following priorities: 

Implementation of minimum staffing standards for ICU/critical care settings and funding to allow hospitals to improve staffing and ensure safe patient care.

Funding for public health programs, hospitals and other health care providers must be sufficient to provide equal access and quality care to all New Yorkers. 

Additional funding is needed to provide healthcare for the more than one million New Yorkers who remain uninsured. 

Repealing the Medicaid Global Cap: The current cap will negatively impact safety-net services for the most vulnerable populations and the viability of safety-net hospitals. 

There must be sufficient permanent funding to support retention of Nurses and other Health Care Workers to meet the state’s 20% expansion target. 

Proposed funding for retention bonuses to recognize the sacrifice of Front Line Workers should be made available to all Workers, including Nurses. 

The budget should include funding for the state to immediately implement and effectively enforce health and safety standards that will protect Nurses and other Health Care Workers from exposure to COVID-19 and other airborne infectious diseases, current standards issued by the New York State DOH (Department of Health) and OSHA (U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration) are not sufficient.

To Directly Access 1199 SEIU’s & NYSNA’s Statements, Go To:

www.nysna.org/press/2022/statement-new-york-state-nurses-association-governor-hochul%E2%80%99s-executive-budget#.YemKzf7MKiM

www.1199seiu.org//media-center/1199seiu-united-healthcare-workers-east-response-governor-hochuls-2022-state-state

 

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