Nurses at Mount Sinai and Montefiore in New York City achieved significant victories following a successful three-day strike in January 2023. They secured contracts that featured enforceable nurse-to-patient staffing ratios, backed by expedited arbitration and the potential for financial penalties to be paid to nurses if employers failed to maintain the agreed safe staffing levels. Notably, these contracts went above and beyond existing staffing standards, even surpassing California’s stringent nurse-to-patient ratios in certain areas.
The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) reported an overwhelming 98 percent ratification vote from its members at both hospitals, reflecting strong support for the negotiated agreements.
Tentative contract agreements have been reached at Montefiore and Mt Sinai hospitals – ending the 7,000 nurse-strong strike that began on Monday.
A handful of area hospitals still face a massive nursing strike beginning Monday, while other hospitals have reached agreements with the union.
Union nurses at New York-Presbyterian hospital give formal 10 day notice of their intent to strike over safe-staffing concerns.
Thousands of nurses across multiple hospitals around New York are set to strike after failed contract negotiations.