Mount Sinai Morningside and West nurses reach tentative deal as thousands of nurses strike


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Mount Sinai Morningside and West Hospital reached a tentative agreement Sunday on a new contract with the state nursing union, avoiding a strike Monday morning, according to a union news release.

Nurses at two other hospitals in the area, Mount Sinai Hospital and Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, are still on strike because no agreement has been reached.

Both hospitals returned to the negotiating table today with the New York State Nurse Nurses Association: Some 3,625 nurses at Mount Sinai and some 3,500 nurses at Montefiore in the Bronx will strike at 6 a.m. Monday if no action is reached. to a tentative agreement. During a press conference on Sunday morning, the union said that negotiations could drag on until the early hours of the morning.

The new temporary contract at Morningside and West reduces the expected number of nurses from 8,700 to 7,125. The temporary contract improves staffing, protects benefits and raises wages for three years.

That brings seven of New York’s 12 hospitals under temporary contracts or in negotiations to reach new contracts.

“It’s time to establish fair contracts that help nurses provide the care all New Yorkers deserve. We fight to improve patient care and we will do whatever it takes to win,” NYSNA President Nancy Hagens said in a statement Sunday.

New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital continues to transfer children from intensive care units to other area hospitals, diverting ambulances to other facilities and postponing elective surgeries and heart surgeries ahead of a planned nursing strike Monday.

In a statement late Saturday, the hospital said it was negotiating in “good faith” with the nursing union for a new contract. The union said Sunday that NYSNA agreed to meet with the nurses after Mount Sinai walked out of Thursday’s bargaining session.

A Mount Sinai spokesperson told CNN on Saturday that the hospital system is actively negotiating with the Mount Sinai Morningside and West campuses under separate union contracts.

But thousands of nurses at various New York City hospitals will go on strike Monday morning if no deal is reached.

The hospital said Sunday that its current salary offer is “similar” to contracts approved at New York-Presbyterian and Maimonides, and would increase a Mount Sinai nurse’s base salary by 19.1 percent over three years.

“But NYSNA’s inconsistent bargaining, unwillingness to accept this offer, and insistence on going ahead with a strike leaves us no choice but to take meaningful steps to care for our patients,” the hospital statement said.

The children from the neonatal intensive care unit were safely transferred to partner hospitals in New York City on Saturday, a hospital spokeswoman told CNN on Sunday. Six more will be transferred Sunday from the NICUs at Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai West, the spokeswoman said.

“In addition, we have transferred approximately 100 patients from the affected hospitals (Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai West, and Mount Sinai Morningside) to unaffected hospitals in the Mount Sinai system and partner hospitals in New York City, and we are evacuating patients. in a safe way. Scheduled to go home.” All elective surgeries have been postponed, the spokesperson said.

NYSNA responded to comments Saturday from Mount Sinai, which said Friday it would transfer babies in its neonatal intensive care units to other area hospitals because of a strike announcement, saying the hospital was appalled by the “irresponsible” actions. » of the union.

“As a labor and delivery nurse helping mothers deliver babies, I find it outrageous that Mount Sinai would compromise the care of our babies in the NICU in any way. We already have NICU nurses caring for twice as many sick babies,” said Matt Allen, the union’s regional director.

“Mount Sinai’s refusal to address the lack of staff safety in our NICU and other hospital units is unconscionable, but is now fueling fears for our NICU babies in contract negotiations,” he added.

In a statement Saturday, nurses at NYSNA BronxCare and The Brooklyn Hospital Center reached tentative agreements that improve safe staffing levels and compliance, salary increases of 7%, 6% and 5% per year during their three-year contract. years and retention your health interests.

On Saturday, New York-Presbyterian nurses announced they had agreed to ratify their contract, but it was a close vote: 57% of nurses voted yes and 43% voted no.

“Voting on contract ratification is an important part of union democracy. As in any democracy, 100 percent consensus is rare,” Hagans said in a statement.

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