Digital Journal: Nurses & Healthcare Workers at 100 NY Hospitals & Nursing Homes Voting for 1-Day Strike
The following statement from George Gresham, President of 1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers East, is for immediate release.
“Inequality is out of control in our country, especially in New York, and it is becoming harder and harder for working people to stay here, find good jobs, and make ends meet.
Long Island Rail Road workers aren’t the only union members talking about a strike.
Contract talks between the state’s largest health care union and the majority of the city’s hospitals ran into friction Tuesday when 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East members started voting in favor of a one-day strike on July 31.
Over 70,000 union nurses and healthcare workers could walk off the job from 100 hospitals and nursing homes the end of July.
According to United Healthcare Workers East 1199 SEIU, about 90 percent of members have voted in favor of a one-day strike on July 31st, the day after their contract with Mount Sinai ends.
About 70,000 New York City area nurses and other health-care workers are poised to authorize a one-day strike that would take place July 31. Negotiations over a new contract happen every three to four years, but now both union and hospital leaders are grappling with a new issue: an industrywide shift away from hospitals toward outpatient clinics.
For the past few weeks, 1199SEIU has been taking over the radio airwaves to educate our patients and the public about how CEOs are threatening the quality of care and jobs for New Yorkers. Now, 1199 member Anna Perez, a Licensed Practical Nurse at Carmel Richmond nursing home on Staten Island, has recorded a Spanish version of our radio ad which will launch on the top Spanish language stations later this week.
On June 18th, 2014 thousands of caregivers at 100 facilities throughout New York sent a powerful message to management…. We Are United, For Our Patients, Our Families, & Our Future!