NYSNA Health Care Professionals Reach Tentative Contract Agreement With UVM-Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital In Plattsburgh - Deal ‘Features Significant Wage Increases, COVID-19 Health/Safety Demands & Expanded Staffing Committee’
(PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK) - New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA)-represented Health Care Professionals at UVM-Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) in Plattsburgh have reached a tentative contract agreement. Today (Wednesday, May 18th), more than 700 NYSNA Members are voting on whether to ratify the new contract.
With negotiations stretching until nearly midnight late last week, NYSNA and CVPH finally reached agreements on several key and outstanding issues. The last contract expired on January 7th, 2021 and negotiations on a new contract had begun earlier, in August 2020.
On Thursday (May 12th), more than 120 NYSNA Members attended the bargaining session, with many addressing CVPH President and COO Michelle LeBeau, confronting her on key issues relating to unsafe staffing, attempts to move Health Care Professionals to an inferior health care plan, and disrespectful and illegal behavior at the bargaining table.
NYSNA-CVPH Vice President Nicole Maille, a Registered Nurse (RN), said: “This is a huge victory for the Health Care Professionals at CVPH, who had worked hard to reach a fair contract in the face of intense employer resistance. Our Members mobilized and demanded what we need to improve quality care in our community. We will soon have a contract with the wages and benefits to help hire and retain more Staff to improve patient safety and we will keep our excellent health benefits as we continue to work through an ongoing pandemic, putting our own health on the line.”
RN Kelly Gidman said: "Being able to keep the NYSNA Benefits Plan Health Insurance was so important to me and my family. My youngest daughter was born with a serious health condition. Our excellent health insurance brought us our team of angels at Boston Children’s Hospital. We were faced with the most difficult decision of our lives. They saved her life and now she is a happy, healthy, thriving toddler. Now that we have a fair contract, my family and CVPH work family can breathe a sigh of relief. CVPH did the right thing for its Employees and the community we care for."
Liz Craigmyle, an RN working in the Hospital’s Emergency and Ambulatory Surgery Services Section, said: “We’d gotten to point in negotiations where the Registered Nurses, Pharmacists, Physical, Occupational Therapists and other Health Care Professionals felt so undervalued and bullied that we were ready to do whatever it takes, including a Strike, to win a fair contract. We hope this contract marks the beginning of the administration’s efforts to stem the exodus of experienced Nurses and Health Care Professionals and help us to deliver the quality care our community deserves.”
NYSNA President Nancy Hagans: “CVPH Health Care Professionals showed that when we fight, we win! As patient advocates, they kept their focus on what a fair contract would mean for their patients. They focused on how to improve safe staffing, how to keep Staff and services in their community and how to protect themselves so they can continue caring for their community. They demanded respect for their work as Registered Nurses and Health Care Professionals and they earned it. They deserve our respect and congratulations for what they accomplished!”
NYSNA, which represents more than 42,000 Members across the State, is New York’s largest Union and Professional Association for Registered Nurses.
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