March 26, 2016
By Steven Wishnia
Gloversville, NY – After more than eight months of negotiations, 1199SEIU members at Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home in Gloversville ratified a new four-year contract March 14. The deal covers about 400 workers at the facility, about 50 miles northwest of Albany, including licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants, lab and pharmacy technicians, and diagnostic imaging services staff.
“This contract is about economic security for me,” said ward clerk Melissa Tambasco, a member of the union’s negotiating committee. “Knowing that I have affordable health insurance, guaranteed wage increase,s and a pension for my future is a big relief. When I go to work, I want to be fully present for my patients and their families—not worrying about paying the next bill.” However, nurses represented by the New York State Nurses Association have been working without a new contract for more than two years. In January, the hospital locked them out for four days after they staged a 24-hour strike. Read more