NYC nurses could authorize strike: 3 things to know

Thousands of registered nurses at New York City hospitals may go on strike, according to a Crain's New York Business report.

The New York State Nurses Association union, which has been negotiating a contract with the city's major hospitals, could vote to authorize a strike as early as this week, according to the report. However, that doesn't necessarily mean a strike would take place.

The union has asked for rooms to stage a strike vote at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital, all of which are members of the bargaining group NYC Hospital Alliance, and nurses at Montefiore Medical Center, also part of the alliance, are reportedly moving toward a vote, according to Crain's New York Business.

Nurses at Staten Island University Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center, which are not part of the NYC Hospital Alliance, have also requested rooms for a strike vote.

Here are three things to know about contract negotiations thus far.

1. The alliance has offered a 10 percent wage increase over four years: 2.5 percent upon ratification and 2.5 percent at the start of 2016, 2017 and 2018.

2. During contract negotiations, NYSNA has urged the hospitals to include language in regard to set staffing ratios for RNs.

3. Mediation is expected to continue from June 3-6. 


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