Health and Safety, New York

Statement of New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on one-day strike by NYSNA nurses in Gloversville

January 7, 2016

Mario Cilento

Albany, NY – “We fully support the nurses represented by the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), who have been put in the unfortunate position of having no other choice than to go out on a one-day strike at Nathan Littauer Hospital (NLH) in Gloversville.

“The decision to strike is never taken lightly. NYSNA nurses at NLH have been fighting for safer nurse-to-patient ratios since negotiations began more than two years ago. In addition, the nurses face increased contributions to an already unaffordable healthcare network, elimination of their current pension benefits and limited access to accrued sick time, forcing nurses to work while ill.

 “Now, faced with the possibility of staffing shortages that could compromise their ability to provide the best quality care to their patients and with continued violations of federal labor law, the nurses will appeal directly to the community through a one-day strike.

“The registered nurses at NLH are dedicated professionals with the experience and expertise vital to the short and long term care, health and well- being of their patients. They have earned and deserve a fair contract.

“We stand shoulder to shoulder with our NYSNA brothers and sisters.  They will continue to have the full resources of the New York State AFL-CIO at their disposal throughout this contract fight.

“We strongly urge NLH to do the right thing by patients and quickly resolve these issues to ensure nurses can continue to serve the community by providing quality care to their patients.”

*** The New York State AFL-CIO is a federation of 3,000 affiliated public sector, private sector, and building trades unions throughout NYS.

January 6, 2016

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