Talks proceed at 4 New York Metropolis hospitals as nurses strike deadline looms; Flushing Hospital reaches settlement

Talks proceed at 4 New York Metropolis hospitals as nurses strike deadline looms; Flushing Hospital reaches settlement

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — As New York Metropolis faces a looming nurses strike subsequent week, nurses at Flushing Hospital reached an settlement on Friday night time.

Meaning there are 4 hospitals left which are nonetheless with out an settlement.

Roughly 10,000 nurses throughout 4 hospitals say they will strike Monday if they do not get higher pay and staffing.

Nurses would go on strike at 6 a.m. Monday. Union officers say they’re ready to barter till 11:59 p.m. Sunday night time, and previous the midnight deadline if attainable.

If a brand new contract shouldn’t be reached by the deadline, the hospitals that could possibly be affected by a strike embody Mount Sinai, Mount Sinai Morningside, Mount Sinai West, and Montefiore.

New York State Nursing Affiliation President Nancy Hagans mentioned the remaining hospitals are negotiating, besides the primary campus of Mount Sinai.

Mount Sinai started transferring some weak sufferers, together with fragile newborns underneath intensive care, within the midst of this looming strike. Different strike contingency plans embody canceling non-emergency procedures.

In an inside memo, Mount Sinai knowledgeable workers of “aggressive planning in response” to the strike risk, which can embody “diverting a majority of ambulances,” starting “to cancel some elective surgical procedures … will carry out emergency surgical procedure solely,” “beginning to switch sufferers” to different hospitals and “working to soundly discharge as many sufferers as acceptable.”

Dr. Frances Cartwright is Mount Sinai’s chief nursing officer.

“Speak about weak sufferers, defenseless little infants,” Cartwright mentioned. “We won’t wait till Monday, we now have to plan. I positive am hoping for the very best, however it’s important to plan for the worst.”

Talks proceed at 4 New York Metropolis hospitals as nurses strike deadline looms; Flushing Hospital reaches settlement

PHOTO: The Mount Sinai NICU on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023.

Nurses have been provided raises of practically 20 p.c, however additionally they need improved staffing ranges.

“Proper now we’re bargaining for the protected patient-nurse ratios on the different hospitals, together with Mount Sinai,” Hagans mentioned. “We’re urging Mount Sinai to return again to the desk and negotiate with our nurses, negotiate in good religion, strolling away in the course of negotiations is negotiating in dangerous religion.”

The nurses’ union says officers at Mount Sinai’s primary campus walked out of talks Thursday night time.

Negotiations at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai Morningside continued Friday afternoon and into the night. Officers at Mount Sinai Hospital’s primary campus are hopeful negotiations with their nurses Saturday morning will spark some agreements.

Mount Sinai has provided its nurses 18% wage will increase over the following three years, based on an inside memo shared Thursday night time. The will increase can be 7%, 6%, and 5% over the following three years, which yr to yr compounds to 19.1%.

The hospital believes it’s just like will increase beforehand agreed to by the nurses in negotiations with NewYork-Presbyterian. However Mount Sinai administration walked away from the desk at midnight and canceled the bargaining session for Friday, Hagans mentioned.

Equally, Montefiore Hospital within the Bronx says it provided an 18% wage enhance, in addition to “totally funded healthcare for all times, and a big enhance in registered nurses within the emergency departments.”

Friday morning, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul commented on the state of affairs, saying she has taken a “very intense position” within the talks and has been “in fixed dialog” with the hospitals and union.

“My full expectation is that this shall be resolved as a result of there is no such thing as a various,” she mentioned. “We have to guarantee that individuals in New York are taken care of.”

The New York State Nurses Affiliation has made clear {that a} key negotiating level surrounding its acknowledged primary situation of staffing is the enforcement of staffing ratios.

A provision within the NY Presbyterian contract requires enforcement of staff-to-patient ratios, as a substitute of a mediator making non-mandatory suggestions about staffing ranges.

The union introduced agreements Thursday with Maimonides Well being and Richmond College Medical Heart.

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