Don't get sick anytime soon in New York, at least not if you need a nurse. A total of 6,000 registered nurses are ready to walk out of three of the biggest city hospitals, Mr. Sinai, Montefiore and St. Luke's-Roosevelt, according to the New York Times.
They are upset about understaffing and health care coverage, ironically.
Nurses voted to authorize a strike, said the paper, and the real reason is that nurses are pushing back again the hospital culture that force sacrifices from patients and staff, while paying millions to executives. That practice is defended as necessary to get such great leadership that most hospitals are in finiancial and management crisis.
Mt. Sinai's CEO, Kenneth L. Davis, for instance, made a total of $2.6 million last year.
A recent arbitration at two of the hospitals led to nurses having to pay hundreds more for medication and union leaders have sworn to push back on these health coverage changes.
A fourth hospital, New York-Presbyterian last week apparently settled with its nurses, the paper reported. The deal, if approved, will see the hospital reimbursing nurses for premiums and a 9 percent raise over three years, it noted.