NYSNA Negotiation Update:
Staten Island University Hospital issued the following statement in response to the New York State Nurses Association’s announcement today that it has been authorized by SIUH’s unionized nurses at its North site to move forward with a strike if an agreement is not reached on a new agreement.
“We’re extremely disappointed to be at this crossroad once again with NYSNA, but we remain hopeful we can reach agreement on a new contract. After 37 collective bargaining sessions over the past 11 months, NYSNA announced that the hospital’s unionized nurses voted to authorize NYSNA to issue a 10-day strike notice, which we hope can be avoided.
Ensuring patient safety and maintaining high-quality care is our top priority. We have taken steps to ensure that the hospital’s North Site (nurses at SIUH’s South Site are not represented by NYSNA) remains fully operational if the union moves forward with a strike. We have contracted with a nationally respected nursing agency to staff our hospital with highly qualified, professional nurses.
Despite our differences, we’re confident that NYSNA shares SIUH’s goal of providing world-class care to our patients. With that goal in mind, we will continue to work toward resolving our disagreements. We have another bargaining session scheduled for May 24. We look forward to continuing our dialogue.”
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