Aug 19, 2022 | News Story

NYSNA Nurses Gather to Plan for Contract Negotiations, Launch Public Campaign

Approximately 30,000 NYSNA nurses have union contracts expiring on December 31, 2022, or in early 2023. This is the first time in New York state that so many private and public sector nurses will be bargaining for critical improvements to their profession and their patients at the same time. It is also the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that nurses will be bargaining contracts. In New York City, nurses at 12 hospitals will begin negotiations this fall.

Nurses are coming together like never before because they are exhausted and demanding change from New York’s hospitals. Hundreds of NYSNA nurses gathered for a "One Union United to Win" Public-Private Bargaining Conference in Manhattan on Thursday, along with community, political, and labor allies including NYC CLC President Vincent Alvarez, to demand fair contracts that uplift the health, safety and well-being of nurses, patients, and communities.

NYSNA and allies are also launching a public campaign, “We Love NY Nurses,” to improve patient care, strengthen the nursing workforce, and uplift the communities they serve. It's time to put employers on notice that nurses will not accept any cuts to healthcare, stagnant wages, or attempts to undermine New York’s safe staffing law. NYSNA is asking community members to join the campaign to support the frontline heroes who need safe staffing, respect, and quality care for all.