Nurses strike kicks off at Montefiore and Mount Sinai hospitals
Brooklyn BP, NYC city officials back striking nurses
After late-night bargaining failed to produce a contract, more than 7,000 nurses went on strike Monday morning at Montefiore Bronx and Mount Sinai hospitals in New York City.
Picketing kicked off at 7 a.m. at Montefiore’s three Bronx locations and at Mount Sinai in Manhattan. Numerous city officials pledged support for the striking nurses, and Attorney General Letitia James, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine and Councilmember Gale Brewer (Manhattan) were expected to appear at the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) press conference scheduled for noon.
Late Sunday, Gov. Hochul released a statement asking for binding arbitration and calling on the Department of Health to enforce nurse staffing requirements required under the law. In response, NYSNA released a statement thanking the governor for her support, but added, “Gov. Hochul should listen to frontline COVID nurse heroes and respect our federally-protected labor and collective bargaining rights.”
Nurses told patients not to worry about crossing picket lines if they need care. “To all of our patients, to all New Yorkers, we want to be absolutely clear: If you are sick, please do not delay getting medical care, regardless of whether we are on strike,” NYSNA said in a statement Monday.