Thousands Of Nurses At Two New York City Hospitals Go On Strike

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Approximately 7,000 nurses at two New York City hospitals began a strike on Monday morning over contract disputes.

Union officials failed to reach tentative agreements on Sunday with hospital administrators at Montefiore Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital, according to a statement from the New York State Nurses Association, which boasts more than 42,000 members. Negotiators reached tentative agreements at seven other hospitals that will grant nurses pay raises over the next three years, lower costs for healthcare coverage, and improve staffing standards.

“The entire New York City Labor Movement stands with our nurses, who are courageously taking action against dangerous understaffing that threatens the safety of their patients,” AFL-CIO New York City Central Labor Council President Vincent Alvarez remarked. “The decision to go on strike is never an easy one, particularly for workers who care so deeply …

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