Why are NYC hospital Nurses on strike?

By:  TheQuickStory

Know the reason:

A strike by nurses is not desired.


More than 3,500 nurses at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, according to the New York State Nurses Association, are involved in a salary dispute and ongoing understaffing.


At Mount Sinai Hospital on Manhattan's Upper East Side, about 3,600 employees would walk out in strike.


After a weekend of discussions ended without a new contract being reached in time for the strike start date, the walkout started at 6 a.m. EST.


On Monday, negotiators from both hospitals were there again.


By rejecting our ideas to address the desperate situation of hazardous staffing that damages our patients, managers have forced us to strike, the union claimed in a statement late Sunday.


The Nurses Association had previously threatened to go on strike simultaneously at all 12 hospitals covered by union contracts, but several have recently reached tentative agreements, including two new ones late Sunday night.


Staffing shortages were highlighted by union leaders and supporters as the main justification for a strike during a news conference on Monday.


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