Thousands of New York City Nurses Go on Strike Because of Chronic Understaffing (VIDEO)
New York, New York – Thousands of nurses began to strike on Monday after negotiations failed between the New York State Nurses Association and hospital executives.
7,100 nurses from Mount Sinai Hospital and Montefiore Bronx began picketing at 6 am on Monday.
“We were heroes only two years ago,” one nurse said. “We was on the front lines of the city when everything came to a stop. And now we need to come to a stop so they can understand how much we mean to this hospital and to the patients.”
The nurses say they are caring for too many patients at a time due to staffing problems.
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Thousands of nurses went on strike Monday at two of New York City’s major hospitals after contract negotiations stalled over staffing and salaries nearly three years into the coronavirus pandemic.
The privately owned hospitals were postponing nonemergency surgeries, diverting ambulances to other medical centers, pulling in temporary staffers, and assigning administrators with nursing backgrounds to work in wards in order to cope with the walkout.
As many as 3,500 nurses at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and about 3,600 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan were off the job. Hundreds picketed, some singing the chorus from Twisted Sister’s 1984 hit “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” outside Mount Sinai. It was one of many New York hospitals deluged with COVID-19 patients as the virus made the city an epicenter of deaths in spring 2020.
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