Strikes Averted by Fruitful, Careful Negotiations
St. Luke's- Roosevelt Hospital Center management has saved its two Manhattan hospitals from nurse strike, after they negotiated with the New York State Nurses Association. The main points of negotiation were centered on the concerns of nurses.
Some of them being affordable health care and relief for members with high prescription costs and manageable staffing levels patients and nurses and fair salaries. If negotiation has not been done, then about 1,300 nurses would have started strike outside the hospitals on January 3.
The Parent Company Head, Stanley Brezenoff said they have made a new contract for the staff on which voting would be done on 4th January. This contract offers modest premiums on health benefits, increased use of generic drugs and increase in the wages by 2 to 2.5% annually.
The management has tried to address all the issues which were being raised by the union while keeping the hospitals budget in mind. It would not have been the first place where the union has entered into strike.
The same union has been negotiating with other two hospitals, Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan and Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. The union said they have averted the strike as they were able to reach at consensus one week before the protest.
Now, it has to be seen that whether voting of contract on January 4 gets approved. If it gets approval, then the nurses will get ready to the contract. They would then be getting salary with 8% rise and additional $1,500 for signing the contract.
It is not the end of perks they would be receiving. They would be provided with annual bonuses in order to show their contribution towards the health plan. The spokesperson of the union, Bernie Mulligan said, "Both sides are hopeful that they are going to be able to move closer to the goal line in those talks".