We’re standing up for quality care & good jobs for all New Yorkers
As healthcare workers, we dedicate our lives to providing quality care to our patients in hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies and clinics. We have been on the frontlines during 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, flu epidemics and other emergencies. But now, CEOs are threatening the quality of care and jobs for New Yorkers:
- In our union contract negotiations, employers are proposing changes to our health benefits that could result in massive cuts for 55,000 lower-wage workers, and future cuts for all caregivers. Quality healthcare depends on healthy caregivers, so threats to our benefits could put patient care and public health at risk.
- Employers are endangering the economic health of communities by opening many outpatient facilities with sub-standard, non-union jobs. Inequality is out of control in New York, and these are the jobs of the future. We need all healthcare jobs to be good, middle-class jobs for working people.
The top five health systems had over $20 billion in revenue last year and CEO compensation has increased 420% since 2004. Instead of threatening care and jobs, executives should work with caregivers to promote the health of patients, workers, families and communities.