NYC nurses strike ends after tentative agreement reached with hospitals


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A Nurses strike 7,000 nurses at two private New York City hospitals are on strike after spending three days on strike.

The New York State Nurses Association reached tentative agreements with Mount Sinai Health System and Montefiore Health System, which operate three hospitals in the stricken Bronx. The nurses argued A huge staff shortage Widespread burnout occurs, hindering their ability to properly care for their patients.

The union said the contract would provide enforceable “safe staffing ratios” for all inpatient units at Mount Sinai and Montefiore, “so there are always enough nurses at the bedside to provide safe patient care, not just on paper.” In Montefiore, the hospital agreed to financial penalties for failing to comply with agreed upon staffing levels across all units.

Montefiore said the deal includes 170 new nursing positions, a 19.1% increase in pay, lifetime health coverage for eligible retirees and adding “significantly more nurses” to the ER.

The deals were announced early Thursday — at 3 a.m. ET at Montefiore and about 30 minutes later at Mount Sinai. Nurses are expected to return to work for the 7 a.m. ET shift Thursday, and all surgeries and procedures and outpatient appointments will continue as scheduled Thursday and beyond, Montefiore Medical Center said.

Nurses must vote to ratify the contract before it ends. But the union said the temporary contract would help hire more nurses Allowing patients to receive better care.

“Through our solidarity and putting everything on the line, we won safe staffing ratios at both Montefiore and Mount Sinai, where nurses went on strike for patient care,” the nurses union said in a statement. “Today, we can hold our heads high and get back to work knowing that our success means safer care for our patients and more sustainable jobs for our profession.”

Mount Sinai called the agreement “fair and responsible”.

“Our proposed agreement is similar to the agreement between NYSNA and eight New York City hospitals,” Mount Sinai said in a statement. “It’s fair and responsible, and it puts patients first.”

“From the beginning, we have been committed to negotiating in good faith and addressing issues that are a priority for our nursing staff,” Montefiore said in a statement. “We know this strike has affected everyone — not just our nurses — and we are committed to reaching a resolution as soon as possible to minimize disruption to patient care.”

Hospitals remained open during the three-day strike, using more expensive temporary nursing services to provide care and relocating other staff to take care of non-clinical nursing duties. They were also diverted Changed some patients to other hospitals and some elective procedures were postponed.

The striking nurses said they were working long hours in unsafe conditions without adequate pay – echoed in several nurses’ strikes across the country last year. They said the time and stress of caring for so many patients was driving nurses away and creating a worsening crisis for staff and patient care.

The union representing nurses reached tentative agreements offering the same 19% pay raises at other New York hospitals, averting strikes by about 9,000 other nurses spread across seven hospitals in the city. But nurses at the striking hospitals said pay raises were not the main issue and that the most acute staffing shortages at Mount Sinai and Montefiore must be addressed before a deal can be reached.

Both hospitals criticized the union for going on strike instead of accepting concessions similar to those accepted by the union at other hospitals in the city.

— CNN’s Chris Isidore contributed to this report

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