Dec. 27 (Bloomberg) -- The New York State Nurses Association has called off plans to strike at St. Luke’s- Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City after reaching a tentative agreement on benefits with hospital management, the association said.
The agreement “addresses the nurses’ principal concerns throughout the negotiations -- affordable health care, relief for members with high prescription costs, safe staffing levels for patients and nurses, and fair wages,” the association said today in a statement.
The organization represents the 1,300 registered nurses at the Manhattan hospital. Similar bargaining sessions are taking place today at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan and Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, where the nurses hadn’t issued a 10-day strike notice as they had at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt, said Bernie Mulligan, a spokesman for the association. The group’s 3,000 members at New York-Presbyterian Hospital reached a deal with management earlier this month, he said.
“Our members live and work in one of the most expensive regions in the world,” Mulligan said in a telephone interview today. “Affordable health care is a concern.”
The nurses will vote on the proposed four-year contract at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt on Jan. 4, the association said. Hospital spokesmen didn’t immediately return a telephone call seeking comment. The strike had been planned for Jan. 3.
About 6,000 nurses in California took part in a one-day strike last week against proposed benefit cuts at hospitals in the San Francisco Bay area and Long Beach.
--With assistance from Sarah Frier in New York and Danielle Kucera in San Francisco. Editors: Andrew Pollack, John Lear
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