New York City Nurses Authorize Strike

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Nurses At 3 NYC Hospital Systems Set Strike Date Over Staff Shortages

March 18, 2019 - 4:53 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Nurses across three major hospital systems in the city are threatening to strike in two weeks over staffing shortages.

"Let me be clear, we do not want to go on strike," said Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, the head of the New York State Nurses Association. But nurses from Mount Sinai, New York Presbyterian and Montefiore Medical Center are fully prepared to do so on April 2.

The nurses on Monday gave their official 10-day notice of intent to strike.

As WCBS 880's Mack Rosenberg reported, they made their complaints clear: there are too many patients and not enough nurses. 

"They have to do right by our patients and by our community and by the caregivers that take care of them everyday, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year," Sheridan-Gonzalez said. "We know what we need to take care of our patients, they don't."

A spokesman for the NYC Hospital Alliance, which represents the three hospital systems, says patients are the first priority and an offer has been made to explore increased staffing but that the union wants rigged staffing ratios which would lower patient care.

A strike would affect more than 10,000 nurses.