After a week-long strike, nurses at Mount Sinai and Montefiore hospitals in New York City have reached a tentative agreement with hospital management, ending the strike. The nurses, who are members of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), went on strike on January 4th to protest what they described as unsafe staffing levels and lack of protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the NYSNA, the tentative agreement includes a commitment by the hospitals to increase staffing levels, provide nurses with more personal protective equipment (PPE), and improve working conditions. The union also said that the agreement includes a “fair and substantial” economic package for nurses.
“We are pleased that the nurses’ voices were heard and that we were able to reach an agreement that addresses the nurses’ concerns and provides for a safer work environment,” said NYSNA President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez.
The strike, which involved over 3,000 nurses, was the first nurses’ strike in New York City in over 30 years. It was held amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with nurses demanding better protection for themselves and their patients as they continue to care for COVID-19 patients.
The strike caused significant disruptions at the hospitals, with many non-emergency procedures being postponed and patients being transferred to other hospitals. The hospitals had also brought in replacement nurses to keep the facilities running during the strike.
According to the Mount Sinai Health System, the hospitals will now work to restore normal operations as quickly as possible. “We are pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with NYSNA and look forward to welcoming our nurses back to work as we continue to provide high-quality care to our patients,” a statement from the health system said.
This strike highlights the ongoing challenges and risks that healthcare workers are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The nurses’ concerns for their safety, and that of their patients, were a major factor in the strike, with the nurses demanding more PPE and better staffing levels to ensure their safety.
In conclusion, the strike led by the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) at Mount Sinai and Montefiore hospitals in New York City has come to an end after a week with a tentative agreement being reached. The agreement addresses the nurses’ concerns of unsafe staffing levels, lack of PPE and improves working conditions. The strike also brings attention to the ongoing challenges and risks that healthcare workers are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.